“Tariq Aziz, a former top aide to Saddam Hussein and his urbane public relations representative to the world, was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on Tuesday [October 26, 2010], convicted of crimes against members of rival Shiite political parties.  …Mr. Aziz’s death sentence followed convictions on charges of persecution against members of the religious Shiite Dawa Party, whose members include Iraq’s current prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.”

 – Jack Healy, “Top Aide to Saddam Hussein is Sentenced to Death,” The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2010