Tariq Aziz seeks pardon from Iraqi president

Lawyers for Tariq Aziz are asking Iraq`s president to pardon the former Saddam Hussein ally, who faces execution for the persecution of Shiite Muslims.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 21:48 PM IST

Baghdad: Lawyers for Tariq Aziz are asking
Iraq`s president to pardon the former Saddam Hussein ally, who
faces execution for the persecution of Shiite Muslims.

Aziz was the international face of Saddam`s regime and
the only Christian in his inner circle, serving as both
foreign minister and deputy prime minister.

His attorney, Giovanni Di Stefano, said today he was
confident the pardon would be granted, given the amnesty
appeals from several European nations and the Vatican as well
as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani`s refusal to sign the death
warrant.

But it`s unclear if Talabani can pardon Aziz. His
pardon authority under Iraq`s constitution must follow a
recommendation by the prime minister, who is a Shiite.

PTI