Jordan's King Hussein on Sunday condemned the killing of two Iraqi defectors he had sheltered and predicted that his former ally, Saddam Hussein, will not remain in power.
"I am disgusted by what has happened and I am really unable to express myself towards this terrible time (in Iraq)," King Hussein said.Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel al-Majid and his brother Saddam Kamel al-Majid, who fled to Jordan in August, were killed in Baghdad on Friday. Both were sons-in-law of the Iraqi leader.
In Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa said the slayings, likely to derail Cairo's effort to bring Iraq back to the Arab fold, were "regrettable."
"The bloody practices tarnish the Arab image," Moussa said.
Asked whether he expected a change in the Iraqi leadership, King Hussein told reporters: "I believe it is inevitable. I believe it is inevitable. Things can't go on like that."
King Hussein and Moussa stopped short of directly accusing the Baghdad government of the killings, said to have been carried out by relatives angered by the defectors' betrayal of their country.
An Iraqi opposition group and an Arab newspaper directly blamed Saddam and his eldest son, Odai. The reports could not be independently confirmed.
A statement from the Tehran-based Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq said Odai, acting on orders from his father, led the "team that are responsible for liquidating" the defectors.