Prosecuters seeking to convict Saddam Hussein for war crimes made a significant breakthrough after Tariq Aziz, a former foreign minister and a close ally to the former Iraqi president, agreed to give evidence against his boss.
According to The Sunday Times, Aziz reportedly agreed to “co-operate fully” with American interrogators in return for leniency. Until this deal, Aziz was threatened to face the death penalty.
Aziz is now expected to testify that Saddam was personally responsible for war crimes, including the slaughter of thousands of Kurds and Shi’ites, the British paper added.
Two other senior members of the regime - Sultan Hashim Ahmad, a former defense minister, and Kamal Mustafa Abdullah, secretary of the Republican Guard - have also decided to testify against Saddam, the report added. (albawaba.com)
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