Tariq Aziz on trial

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BAGHDAD: The start of the trial of Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein’s best-known lieutenants, was delayed for several hours on Tuesday due to “organisational and procedural measures,” said the presiding judge.

Mr. Aziz (72) is one of eight defendants facing charges in a case dating back to 1992 when the Saddam regime executed 42 merchants for profiteering. Other defendants include Saddam’s half brother Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali,” who faces a pending death sentence in another case.

An official said Chemical Ali was ill and would not attend the new trial. He has diabetes and blood high pressure, said the official. The U.S. military said on Monday that he was under medical care at an American detention facility. — AP



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