Greece urges Iraq not to execute Tariq Aziz

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s president has urged Iraq not to carry out a death sentence against Tariq Aziz, a close aide to late leader Saddam Hussein and a former foreign minister.

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Published: Wed 27 Oct 2010, 9:17 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:29 AM

An Iraqi court sentenced Aziz on Tuesday to death by hanging, for crimes committed against members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.

Karolos Papoulias asked the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to intervene and “demonstrate the difference between the current democratic (Iraq) and the country’s past.”

Aziz, a 74-year-old Christian who became the international face of Saddam’s regime, can appeal the sentence.

Saddam Hussein was hanged in 2006.

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