IRAQ’S former deputy leader Tariq Aziz – the “acceptable” face of Saddam Hussein’s murderous regime – was sentenced to death today for crimes against humanity.
The 74-year-old right-hand-man will hang for his part in persecuting rival Shi’ite religious factions under the old regime, the country’s High Criminal Court announced.
A date for his execution was not given, but they usually take place within months or even weeks.
Lawyer Badee Izzat Aref has 30 days in which to make an appeal. He said: “This sentence is not fair and it is politically motivated.”