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Tariq Aziz's Body Stolen

Government recovers corpse of Saddam henchman

(Newser) - Strange goings-on in Baghdad: Unidentified body snatchers made off with the corpse of Saddam henchman Tariq Aziz at Baghdad International Airport yesterday, according to his family. His body was to be flown to Jordan for burial, but airline officials have confirmed that the flight left without the casket, the AP... More »

Saddam Henchman Tariq Aziz Dead at 79: Report

Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday, Iraqi officials say

(Newser) - Tariq Aziz, who during his years as Iraq's foreign minister and deputy prime minister was one of Saddam Hussein's close advisers, has died at the age of 79, the BBC reports. Iraqi officials say Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday at the Iraqi prison where he had been... More »

Saddam Sought Soviet Help in '91

Declassified records reveal attempt to head off US attack

(Newser) - A frustrated Saddam Hussein pleaded with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for diplomatic assistance as the Operation Desert Storm ground battle began in 1991, reveal newly declassified records from Iraqi archives. The records—part of a huge archive containing millions of documents and thousands of hours of video footage captured after... More »

Iraq's President Deserves Praise for Sparing This Man

Jalal Talabani wouldn't support death penalty for Tariq Aziz

(Newser) - Iraqi president Jalal Talabani did something incredibly brave last week: He announced that he would not sign the death warrant for Tariq Aziz, who is, in Christopher Hitchens’ opinion, “one of Iraq’s worst enemies.” In a column for Slate , Hitchens reveals some little-known “appalling facts” about... More »

Iraqi President Refuses to Execute Saddam Cohort

He won't sign order for Tariq Aziz

(Newser) - Although Tariq Aziz has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by Iraq's supreme court, the president of the country says he won't sign the order. Interestingly, Aziz is also on trial for attacks on the Kurds, and President Jalal Talabani is a member of the ethnic... More »

Saddam Crony Tariq Aziz Will Hang

Death sentence for Iraq's elderly former foreign minister

(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... More »

US Hands Over Last Iraq Prison

A milestone for sovereignty, challenge for the government

(Newser) - The last American-run prison in Iraq will be handed over to the Iraqis today, marking the end of a massive US prison system that has processed more than 100,000 Iraqis since the fall of Baghdad. Tariq Aziz and other former high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's regime were handed over... More »

Top Saddam Aides Get 15 Years for Killings

'Down with the occupiers,' his half-bro shouts as sentence is read

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein’s ex-foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, and his cousin “Chemical Ali” al-Majid were both sentenced today to 15 years in prison for their involvement in the 1992 execution of 42 Baghdad merchants. The pair was among eight defendants, and only one—then governor of Iraq’s central bank—... More »

Cigar Woes Snare Another Politician

London mayor under investigation for case grabbed in Iraq in '03

(Newser) - London's mayor found out yesterday that he is “the one and only Western politician to be brought to justice for crimes committed in Iraq.” Boris Johnson's misdeed? Taking a cigar case as a souvenir from the smashed villa of Iraq’s former deputy prime minister while on assignment... More »

Saddam Aide Begins Trial in Baghdad

Former top diplomat Aziz faces death for executing merchants

(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... More »

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