|Name Samira Shahbandar||Role Saddam Hussein's wife|
|Spouse Saddam Hussein (m. 1986–2006)|
Similar People Saddam Hussein, Sajida Talfah, Rana Hussein, Uday Hussein, Raghad Hussein
Born 1946 (age 75), Baghdad, Iraq
Samira Shahbandar was Saddam Hussein's second wife. She is the mother of his third son, Ali. It was never confirmed that Ali is alive, and the members of Hussein's family claim that Ali is his grandson.
Iraq - Saddam's Wife Discusses Women's Rights
Prior to marrying Saddam Hussein, Samira was a doctor. She became his mistress. Kamel Hana Gegeo, Hussein's valet, food taster and friend, introduced Samira to him. Hussein secretly married Samira while married to Sajida Talfah, his first wife. Sajida was extremely jealous and angry when she found out about his mistress, and her brother Adnan Khairallah complained.
Uday Hussein, son of Saddam and Sajida, was also angry over his father's mistress, took it as an insult to his mother, and believed that his status as heir apparent was threatened. In October 1988, at a party thrown in the honor of Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Uday beat and stabbed Gegeo to death (some say at the request of his mother), bludgeoning him repeatedly in front of horrified guests. Saddam Hussein declared that his son Uday Hussein would go to trial for murder. The parents of Gegeo (and Sajida herself) begged that Uday Hussein be pardoned, and he was temporarily banished to Switzerland.