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Escape From Abu Ghraib

In 1979 Iraqi scientist Hussain al-Shahristani was faced with an agonising decision: to help Saddam Hussein develop an atomic bomb or to spend his life in prison.

The man who said no to Saddam Hussein – in 1979, Iraqi scientist Hussain al-Shahristani was faced with an agonising decision: to help a dictator develop an atomic bomb or to spend his life in prison.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Maryam Maruf

(Photo: Picture of Saddam Hussein on a wall of Abu Ghraib prison. Credit: Benjamin Lowy)

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