Depressed former Saddam deputy begs Pope for quick death

Published January 24th, 2013 - 11:01 GMT
Former Iraq Vice President Tareq Aziz.
Former Iraq Vice President Tareq Aziz.

Depressed and ill, Saddam Hussein’s former right-hand man has had enough. Tareq Aziz, on death row for his part in atrocities committed by the defunct regime, has made a desperate plea to the Pope to speed up his execution.

His lawyer, Badie Aref, told AFP on Wednesday the Christian former vice president was being treated well, but said he was “in total depression” and wanted to be put out of his “misery.”

Aziz told Aref, “I will now write an appeal to the Pope. Even though I have never met him in person, I will call for him to end my misery, because I would prefer to be executed rather than stay in this condition,” AFP reported.

Several governments, including the Vatican, have called on Baghdad for reprieve since he was sentenced in October 2010 for “crimes against humanity.”

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