Ailing former Iraqi deputy premier Tareq Aziz has been hospitalised after temporarily losing consciousness at the US prison where he is being held in Iraq and is intensive care, his son said Saturday.
"On Tuesday, my father telephoned us to say that he had (temporarily) lost consciousness and that the American doctor and director of the prison decided to transfer him to hospital in Balad," north of Baghdad, Ziad Aziz told AFP.
"The prison doctor who examined him after he lost consciousness checked my father's medical history, and after seeing that he had suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in 2002, decided to transfer him to hospital."
Ziad, who lives in Amman, said he had received another call from his father on Saturday. "He had a weak voice. He told me he was in intensive care. "Is it normal that a sick, 71-year-old man should be imprisoned without having been charged?" he asked, adding that the prison doctor and director had "saved his life by deciding to hospitalise him."