Iraq ex-deputy PM Tareq Aziz in hospital after stroke

Tareq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, suffered a stroke, his son said on Sunday.

Iraq ex-deputy PM Tareq Aziz in hospital after stroke

Tareq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, suffered a stroke and was evacuated to an American military hospital, his son said on Sunday.

A judge on the Iraqi High Tribunal confirmed that Aziz was transferred to a U.S. hospital but said he did not know the nature of his medical condition.

Aziz was named deputy premier in 1991 under the regime of executed Saddam Hussein, having previously been foreign minister. He turned himself in to US forces in April 2003 after Saddam was overthrown.

Aziz has reportedly suffered two heart attacks while in custody.

Aziz, Saddam's principal spokesman to the outside world for two decades, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for murder in March 2009 in what was the first conviction against him.

He was given an additional seven-year term last August for his role in expelling Kurds from northern Iraq almost three decades ago.


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