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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Iraq Court Sentences Tariq Aziz to Death.

BAGHDAD — Tariq Aziz, a former top aide to Saddam Hussein, was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on Tuesday for crimes against members of rival Shiite political parties.

The ruling was the latest in a series of criminal cases against Mr. Aziz, 74, who as foreign minister and, later, deputy prime minister became the bespectacled face of Mr. Hussein’s government during and before the Persian Gulf war of 1991, which was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of oil-rich Kuwait.

Because Mr. Hussein seldom left Iraq because of fears about his safety, Mr. Aziz represented Iraq in the diplomatic world. He surrendered to American forces in 2003, aware that he was among Iraq’s most hunted officials.