Iraqi finance minister Hikmat al-Azzawi has been captured by Iraqi police in Baghdad and handed over to the US military, a Central Command spokesman has said.
Al-Azzawi was number 45 on the US most wanted list of 55 top Iraqi officials but was not one of Saddam’s inner-circle of advisers – the so-called dirty dozen.
The finance minster was the eight of diamonds in the US military’s most wanted pack of cards.
He also served as deputy prime minister in July 1999.
Al-Azzawi was grabbed on Friday in Baghdad, Central Command said.
The US military believes al-Azzawi can shed light on the inner workings of the Iraqi regime and where its wealth was hidden.
“One would think that the former finance minister would possess detailed information about where the regime had kept the people’s money,” said Captain Stewart Upton, a spokesman at the command in Doha, Qatar.
US forces have captured several of those who feature in the pack over the course of the last week.
Samir Abd al-Aziz al-Najim, the Ba’ath party official in charge of east Baghdad was arrested on Friday after having been captured by Kurdish forces near the northern city of Mosul.
A top Iraqi scientist also turned himself in to US Marines on Friday after learning he was on the most wanted list.
In Baghdad, US marines involved in seizing control of the capital have begun scaling back their operations, and handing over to regular troops