What do Jennifer Lopez and Saddam Hussein Have in Common?

Posted on January 26, 2012


The apparent insurability of their butts.

War veteran Nigel “Spud” Ely rescued the buttock of one of the Saddam Hussein statues from being melted down for scrap metal in 2003. One of his business partners has been detained for questioning on  allegations that the buttock was illegally exported to the UK, violating the 2003 Iraq Sanctions Order. This order regulates the importation of “Iraqi cultural property” including archaeological, historical, and religious related items.

Ely questions the validity of Iraqi claims, stating that the buttock was a gift from American Marines and that Baghdad was not under Iraqi control, but under American authority at the time. As the investigation continues, authorities have warned Ely that if he sells or defaces the buttock, he could be prosecuted. The value of the piece is estimated at £250,000.

Read the full article Man arrested over importation of Saddam Hussein statue’s buttock,

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.