Tareq Aziz, a former deputy prime minister in Saddam Hussein's regime, suffered a blood clot in the brain and was moved from prison to an American military hospital, his son said on Sunday. According to Reuters, the American army said Aziz was taken to a military hospital in Baghdad on Thursday for examination. "His condition is improving and he is still being closely monitored," Lieutenant Colonel Pat Johnson said in a statement.
Aziz's son, Ziad Tareq Aziz, said his father apparently suffered a stroke last Friday. According to him, he was getting his information from another prisoner at the U.S. detention facility where his father was being held. "It was a brain clot," Ziad Tareq Aziz said. "Today we were told that he has been moved to an American military hospital and that he suffered a second brain stroke that made him lose his ability to talk."
Aziz was sentenced to seven years in prison last August for his role in the forced displacement of Kurds from northern Iraq during Saddam's rule. Five months earlier he received a sentence of 15 years for his part in the killings of dozens of merchants in 1992.