Aziz team appeals to Iraq's president

Aziz team appeals to Iraq's president

ROME, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The legal team representing former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz called on Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to pardon the Christian leader.
Talabani airs opposition to Aziz sentence

Talabani airs opposition to Aziz sentence

PARIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told a French news agency Wednesday he wouldn't sign an execution order for former deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.
Talabani won't sign Aziz execution order

Talabani won't sign Aziz execution order

PARIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he won't sign the execution order for former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz.

Moscow blames U.S. for Aziz death sentence

MOSCOW, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A death sentence for former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz is an effort to cover up Washington's interference in Iraqi affairs, a Russian official said.

Try Iraqi PM Maliki, Aziz family says

AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Iraqi courts should be investigating Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and not Tariq Aziz, his son said after his father was sentenced to hang.

Amnesty calls for Aziz stay of execution

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Baghdad could turn a new page by overturning the death sentence for former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and other convicted leaders, Amnesty International said.
Vatican opposes Aziz execution

Vatican opposes Aziz execution

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The Vatican hopes Iraq won't carry out the death sentence handed to former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, a spokesman said.

Aziz death sentence a 'farce,' lawyer says

ROME, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A death sentence Tuesday for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is a malicious act by the courts, one of his lawyers said.

Former top Iraqi leader sentenced to death

BAGHDAD, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- An Iraqi court sentenced Tariq Aziz, a former key aide to Saddam Hussein, to death Tuesday for Aziz's role in crimes against rival political parties.
Aziz: Obama 'leaving Iraq to wolves'

Aziz: Obama 'leaving Iraq to wolves'

BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein's top lieutenants, said in his first interview since his arrest in 2003 that President Obama is "leaving Iraq to the wolves."

Iraq's Aziz is in danger, lawyers say

BAGHDAD, July 14 (UPI) -- Lawyers for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz claim his life is in danger now that he is in the custody of Iraqi authorities.

Saddam's 'right-hand man' suffers stroke

BAGHDAD, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's foreign minister during the 1990 Gulf War, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, officials say.

Baathists to the rescue in Yemen?

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence cooperation with former Iraqi Baath leaders with strong Yemeni ties could grow as counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen intensify.

Paris sought to 'recover' Tariq Aziz

PARIS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Paris weighed sheltering top officials in the Baathist government of Iraq just months before the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, former intelligence officials said.

'Chemical Ali,' others sentenced in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 11 (UPI) -- A former senior Iraqi official under President Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali" has drawn a 15-year prison sentence for war crimes, officials said.
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Tariq Aziz
French lawyer Jacques Verges, in a file photo from Amman, Jordan, December 18, 2003, said on March 27, 2004, that Saddam Hussein's nephew had chosen him to represent Saddam Hussein in his upcoming war crimes tria. Verges is known for defending Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and guerrilla Carlos the Jackal and is presently defending former Iraqi deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Tariq Aziz or Tareq Aziz (Arabic: طارق عزيز‎; Ṭāriq ʿAzīz; Syriac: ܜܪܩ ܥܙܝܙ ) né: Mikhail Yuhanna (Arabic: ميخائيل يوحنا; Mīḫāʾīl Yūḥannā)‎ born April 28, 1936) was the Foreign Minister (1983 – 1991) and Deputy Prime Minister (1979 – 2003) of Iraq and a close advisor of former President Saddam Hussein. Their association began in the 1950s when both were activists for the then-banned Ba'ath Arab Socialist Party.

Because of security concerns, Saddam rarely left Iraq, so Aziz would often represent Iraq at high-level diplomatic summits. What the United States wanted, he averred, was not "regime change" in Iraq but rather "region change". He summed up the Bush Administration's reasons for war against Iraq tersely: "oil and Israel."

After surrendering to American forces on April 24, 2003, Aziz has been held in prison, first by American forces and subsequently by the Iraqi government. He is currently in prison in Camp Cropper in western Baghdad. He was acquitted of some charges on March 1, 2009 following a trial, but was sentenced to 15 years on March 11, 2009 for the executions of 42 merchants found guilty of profiteering in 1992 and another 7 years for relocating Kurds. It was reported on 17 January 2010 that he had suffered a stroke while in prison and had been transferred to hospital. On August 5, 2010, The Guardian released his first face-to-face interview since his surrender. On October 26, 2010, he was sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal, and this has sparked regional and international condemnation from Iraqi Bishops and other Iraqis, the Vatican, the United Nations, and the human rights organization Amnesty International, as well as various governments around the world, such as those of the European Union, Greece, and Russia. On October 28, 2010, it was reported that Tariq Aziz, as well as 25 fellow prison inmates, had begun a hunger strike to protest the fact that they could not receive their once-monthly visit from friends and relatives, which was normally set for the last Friday of each month.

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