Saddam Crony Tariq Aziz Will Hang
Death sentence for Iraq's elderly former foreign minister
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 26, 2010 5:27 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 file photo, Tariq Aziz, former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister speaks to the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi state TV says former Foreign...   (Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging today for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when the 74-year-old would be put to death. The death sentence was for a conviction on charges of taking part in a Saddam-led campaign that hunted and executed members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.

Aziz, a Christian who became known as the international face of Saddam's regime, has already been convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the 1992 execution of 42 merchants found guilty of profiteering. He also received a seven-year prison sentence for a case involving the forced displacement of Kurds in northern Iraq. In a recent interview, Aziz predicted he will die in prison, citing his old age and lengthy prison sentences.