Tariq Aziz guilty in 1992 killing of Iraqi merchants
Aziz, 72, stood in the dock silently; his eye twitched as the judge read the verdict. He is still awaiting trial for the killings and arrests of Shiite Kurds in Diyala province in the 1980s.
The former foreign minister of Iraq is sentenced to 15 years in the deaths of 42 merchants accused of price-fixing. He once represented Saddam Hussein's regime to the world.
By Raheem Salman
March 12, 2009
Reporting from Baghdad -- Tariq Aziz, who once represented Saddam Hussein's Iraq to the world, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the 1992 killing of 42 merchants accused of price-fixing.
The court found Aziz guilty of premeditated murder and crimes against humanity. It was the first conviction for the onetime foreign minister and deputy prime minister; last week the Iraqi High Tribunal dismissed charges against him regarding Hussein's crushing of a 1999 Shiite Muslim revolt.