Iraq: Former Saddam-era officials sentenced

March 11, 2009 14:41

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, to 15 years in prison. It's the first conviction for the man who for years was the former regime's public face to the West. Saddam's cousin "Chemical Ali" also got a 15-year sentence for the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused of being behind a sharp increase in food prices when the country was under strict UN sanctions. A senior judicial official said two of Saddam's half-brothers were sentenced to death. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information. Wednesday's conviction comes just over a week after Aziz was acquitted in a separate case.

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