Former Saddam Hussein’s associates Tariq Aziz and “Chemical Ali” go on new trial

Former Saddam Hussein’s associates Tariq Aziz and “Chemical Ali” go on new trial
# 29 December 2008 11:48 (UTC +04:00)
Baku–APA. On December 28, the new trial of former Saddam Hussein’s associates Tariq Aziz and Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali” opened in Baghdad. Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and former Defense Minister “Chemical Ali” are accused in crimes against humanity - over the deaths of Saddam Hussein’s political rivals.
According to the indictment Aziz and “Chemical Ali” are accused in the arrest and execution of ten thousands of people being in opposition against the Saddam’s government. The indictment is based on the struggle of Saddam Hussein regime against the Shia Dava party established in 1950, which member is Nuri al-Maliki, current prime minister of Iraq. 20 more high-ranking military and political members of the Saddam’s regime are also going on trial on this case. Ali Hassan al-Majid is already on death row, having been convicted last year for two cases, but Prime Minister al-Maliki delayed the execution. Tariq Aziz is also charged for the second time this year. Previously he went on trial for execution of business people, who raised prices artificially during a war in the Persian Gulf. Both Aziz and “Chemical Ali”, who are the old men, suffer from the different diseases. “Chemical Ali” arrived in court room supported with hand-stick, but Aziz was allowed not to attend the trial because of his illness.
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