Former Iraqi Deputy PM Tariq Aziz Dies

Society » OBITUARIES | June 5, 2015, Friday // 19:10
Bulgaria: Former Iraqi Deputy PM Tariq Aziz Dies A file picture dated 02 October 2002 shows then Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz, in Ankara, Turkey. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Tariq Aziz, Iraq's former deputy prime minister and foreign minister, died Friday after suffering a heart attack.

Aziz, 79, was Iraq's foreign minister between 1983 and 1991 and deputy prime minister between 1979 and 2003.

He was sentenced to death by the Iraqi Supreme Court in October 2010 for the persecution of religious parties under the former government but the sentence was never executed, according to reports of the BBC News.

Aziz surrendered to US troops in 2003 shortly after the fall of Baghdad and had been a prisoner since.

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