Saddam Aide Begins Trial in Baghdad

Former top diplomat Aziz faces death for executing merchants
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 4:16 PM CDT
Abdul Amir al-Saedi holds a photo of his father, Jabbar Nadir, who was executed in 1992, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – The trial of Saddam Hussein’s former deputy prime minister began today in Baghdad, the New York Times reports. Tariq Aziz could get the death penalty for ordering the 1992 execution of more than 40 Iraqi merchants accused of price-gouging. The judge, however, has adjourned until May 20 because of the absence, for health reasons, of fellow defendant Ali Hassan al-Majid, aka “Chemical Ali."