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Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz passed away

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(Baghdad-AlummahWorld, Sha`ban 18, 1436, June 05, 2015) Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz, the man who became the public face of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's regime, has died in custody 12 years after surrendering as Baghdad fell to invading U.S. troops, an Iraqi government official has confirmed. Aziz was 79.

Several media sources reported that the former foreign minister and deputy prime minister "died on Friday afternoon after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, according to provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri."

“Tareq Aziz died in Hussein Teaching Hospital in the city of Nasiriyah,” where he was brought when his health worsened, Adel Abdulhussein al-Dakhili, deputy governor of Dhi Qar province, where the former Iraqi foreign minister was jailed.
Aziz was found guilty of “deliberate murder and crimes against humanity” for a crackdown on religious parties in the 1980s, and was sentenced to death in October 2010.

Although, legality of court and fairness of court hearings were facing critics from human rights advocates.
As Saddam’s principal spokesman, the bespectacled Aziz, the only Christian in the now-executed dictator’s inner circle, was a recognizable figure internationally whose rise was attributed to unswerving loyalty to Saddam.