Tariq Aziz Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Saddam Hussein’s former foreign minister, Tariq Aziz, was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused of price gouging while Iraq was under U.N. sanctions.
The conviction was the first against Mr. Aziz, who for years was the former regime’s public face to West.
Mr. Hussein’s cousin “Chemical Ali” al-Majid also got a 15-year sentence for his role in the mass execution. Two of Saddam’s half-brothers, former Interior Minister Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan and director of public security Sabawi Ibrahim, were sentenced to death.
Wednesday’s conviction came just over a week after Mr. Aziz was acquitted of being responsible for a brutal crackdown on Shiite protesters that followed the 1999 assassination of a revered cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr — the father of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
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