There will be one less bad guy in the world soon. Saddam Hussein’s former foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, was sentenced to death by Iraq’s Supreme Court. Under Saddam’s regime, reports say that 74-year-old Tariq Aziz sought out members of the Shiite Dawa Party and executed them based solely on their religion.
Tariq Aziz, a Christian, worked under Saddam Hussein and was a close adviser to him as well as a foreign minister and deputy prime minster. He was known as the international face of the Saddam Hussein era.
An Iraqi state television report said: “The supreme criminal court issued an execution order against Tariq Aziz for his role in eliminating religious parties.” Aziz does have a right to appeal, although it’s not clear if he’ll pursue that route. Badee Izzat Aref, his Jordan-based lawyer said, “We are discussing this issue and what next step we should take” and has 30 days to consider his options.
Tariq Aziz reportedly suffered a stroke and in a recent interview with the Associated Press, said he will most likely die in prison. He was given a 15 year prison sentence for his participation in the 1992 execution of 42 Iraqi merchants. On top of that, Tariq Aziz got 7 years for displacing Kurds in an oil-rich region of northern Iraq.
In addition to Tariq Aziz, two others in the same case were given a death sentence as well– former private secretary Abed Hamoud and former interior minister Sadoun Shakir.