Tariq Aziz sentenced on crimes against Iraqi Kurds

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 29, 2010 17:50

 
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BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court on Monday convicted Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's longtime foreign minister, of terrorizing Shi'ite Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

The jail term piles a new penalty on the 74-year-old Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam's inner circle who already faces an execution sentence from another case.

It is the fourth set of charges against Aziz, who is asking Iraqi President Jalal Talabani for a pardon to spare him from execution. Aziz attorney Giovanni di Stefano on Monday afternoon said that it is also the last legal hurdle that the former diplomat and deputy prime minister had to face before Talabani could consider pardoning him.

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