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Tariq Aziz refuses to testify against Saddam: lawyer
Agence France-Presse via Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 25, 2004 | Agence France-Presse

Posted on 12/24/2004 6:44:25 AM PST by WmShirerAdmirer

Former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is unwilling to testify against Saddam Hussein at a future war crimes trial, his lawyer told Agence France-Presse after a four-hour meeting with his client on Thursday at a US base near the capital.

"Tariq Aziz told me that he will not take the witness stand against Saddam," said Badi Aref Izzat.

The lawyer said that Aziz, who has been in US custody since his surrender in the immediate aftermath of last year's US-led invasion, had had no opportunity to see the ousted president.

The 11 senior aides currently in custody were being held together and were able to see each other for three hours a day but Saddam himself was being held separately, Izzat said.

Iraqi officials have said that Saddam is being held in Camp Cropper, a US base at Baghdad airport, but Izzat said he did not know exactly where the others were being detained as he had been taken there in a US armoured personnel carrier.

Aziz, an English-speaking Christian and former foreign minister who was the ousted regime's best known spokesman to the outside world, remained "in good health and spirits" despite his 20-month detention, the lawyer said.

In October there were a flurry of rumours that Saddam's faithful aide, who was born in 1936, had died in custody, although they were later comprehensively denied.

On July 1, Aziz was formally charged alongside his captive colleagues by the Iraq Special Tribunal established by the US-led coalition to try senior members of the former regime.

He was charged with two counts of mass murder, allegedly committed in 1979 and 1991, and punishable by death if he is found guilty.

Izzat said Aziz insists on his innocence and wants to call longtime information minister Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf and military intelligence chief Saber Abdel Aziz al-Duri as defence witnesses.

"Any accusation of my involvement in this affair is baseless," the lawyer quoted him as saying.

Aziz insists he could not have had any part in the suppression of Kurds immediately after the 1991 Gulf war, as alleged by the prosecution, as he was still foreign minister at the time and divided his time between Baghdad and Arab capitals.

AFP


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alduri; alsahhaf; baghdadbob; campcropper; comicalali; hussein; iraq; iraqijustice; iraqspecialtribunal; ist; mostwanted; prisonersaddam; saddamhussein; saddamtrial; tariqaziz; testify; trial; warcrimes; warcrimestrial
"The 11 senior aides currently in custody were being held together and were able to see each other for three hours a day but Saddam himself was being held separately, Izzat said."

So is this fear or arrogance in Tariq-Aziz?

1 posted on 12/24/2004 6:44:25 AM PST by WmShirerAdmirer
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

If he is of no use, hang him now and don't waste anymore time or effort on him.


2 posted on 12/24/2004 6:48:17 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

I remember reading Hermann Göring refused to say anything negative of Hitler at the Nürnberg trials. And look how he ended up...


3 posted on 12/24/2004 6:52:33 AM PST by William of Orange (Does anybody know what time it is? Time to bomb Saddam!)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Fear.


4 posted on 12/24/2004 6:53:21 AM PST by visualops (It's easier to build a child than repair an adult.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Fine. Take 'em both out back, kneel 'em down and shoot 'em in the back of the head. NOW.


5 posted on 12/24/2004 6:53:57 AM PST by Conservative Canuck (The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Could be neither fear nor arrogance. Could be just simple
posturing - for the best deal.


6 posted on 12/24/2004 7:01:31 AM PST by C210N
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Yeah, that's who'd I'd want to testify for me, Baghdad Bob lol


7 posted on 12/24/2004 7:01:50 AM PST by visualops (It's easier to build a child than repair an adult.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Propaganda. He is spilling his guts, fer sure. Here we are ... lying to the media. NO FAIR, NO FAIR!


8 posted on 12/24/2004 7:09:37 AM PST by lawdude (Leftists see what they believe. Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Tariq is a survivor.

While Saddam is alive, he cannot take the chance of testifying-and neither will anyone else.

We should have killed him when we had the chance.

9 posted on 12/24/2004 7:11:23 AM PST by Jim Noble (Colgate '72)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Oh well. They'll probably just hang them togther then. Use one rope, save money.
11 posted on 12/24/2004 7:38:06 AM PST by b4its2late (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer; Poohbah

We should have just capped him.


12 posted on 12/24/2004 8:41:40 AM PST by hchutch (A pro-artificial turf, pro-designated hitter baseball fan.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Aziz is back tracking from a week ago...the coward:



"In custody, Aziz ready to name names"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1304331/posts
13 posted on 12/24/2004 11:09:18 AM PST by demlosers
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To: All

Give me 15 minutes with him and he'll change his mind.


14 posted on 12/24/2004 11:25:48 AM PST by Esteemed Scholar Jack Bauer
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

We're going to lose this fight because we can't not play by the rules.


15 posted on 12/24/2004 11:27:12 AM PST by stboz
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To: WmShirerAdmirer; Jeff Head; Travis McGee; dennisw; Happy2BMe
Tariq Aziz refuses to testify against Saddam: lawyer

Gee what a shock. [/sarcasm]

Tariq Aziz calmly sat there, in 1979, while Saddam wept crocodile tears as Saddam read off the names of people, who were then led outside and shot.
16 posted on 12/24/2004 11:32:37 AM PST by F15Eagle
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To: Jim Noble

true. his trial is going to be a mess.


17 posted on 12/24/2004 12:40:48 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Esteemed Scholar Jack Bauer
"Give me 15 minutes with him and he'll change his mind."
Back to your studies! You'll retake this test again and again. How many times was it explained to you that a good professional does it in a week, and an outstanding master takes up to three?
18 posted on 12/24/2004 12:54:37 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Jim Noble

what I do not understand, is why they can't take some of these "deck of cards" leaders, like Chemical Ali, and put them on the "rocket docket" - trial, conviction, appeal, execution - all within a 2 week time period. play the tape of the execution 24x7 in the prison where the others are held, try and soften them up.

what is the point of dragging this out?


19 posted on 12/24/2004 12:58:06 PM PST by oceanview
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To: oceanview
what is the point of dragging this out?

They're afraid.

20 posted on 12/24/2004 2:42:37 PM PST by Jim Noble (Colgate '72)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Under Islamic Honorable Terrorist Sharia Law, Tariq Aziz refuses to testify against Saddam: Honorable Sharia Law lawyer

....Hmmmmm.....sounds like Islamic-U.N. privilege....NO REAL JUSTICE AFTER ALL......

?......Islamic Honorable Sharia Law = 'WMD'.....?

/sarcasm

21 posted on 12/24/2004 2:47:53 PM PST by maestro
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

....So is this fear or arrogance in Tariq-Aziz?...

Perhaps it is neither. I would choose the term loyalty. Aziz has little to gain by providing direct testimony against Saddam, especially when the fact is leaked. Certain benefits may accrue to his relatives, including life. It is reasonable to think that his relatives may be spared if he doesn't testify.

Having said that, he may have and probably did secure favorable treatment for his family by providing his captors with other factual assistance in secret.

This is a case of having it both ways and achieving limited objectives by playing both side.

There are plenty of others to provide the devistating testimony to do Saddam in.


22 posted on 12/24/2004 3:28:59 PM PST by bert (Don't Panic.....)
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To: Jim Noble

you mean the iraqi interim government is afraid of prosecuting these guys? the cleanup over there needs to start someplace, right now the iraqi military forces don't seem to be able to even get a shot off against the insurgency - maybe they could practice by shooting a stationary target, Chemical Ali tied to a post.


23 posted on 12/25/2004 6:45:13 PM PST by oceanview
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To: oceanview
right now the iraqi military forces don't seem to be able to even get a shot off against the insurgency

There is no possibility of making progress with potential Iraqi collaborators until Saddam is killed.

The Iraqis aren't going to do it.

Are we?

24 posted on 12/25/2004 7:24:42 PM PST by Jim Noble (Colgate '72)
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To: Jim Noble

can we at this point, or has the time passed for us as the occupying power, to merit out justice and punishment like this?


25 posted on 12/25/2004 7:32:35 PM PST by oceanview
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To: chiefqc

You stole the very words from my mouth. Hang him in front of the largest Saddam palace in Bagdad. Leave him out for a week just to make a point that others who choose to follow suit know what their fate will be.


26 posted on 12/25/2004 7:45:27 PM PST by zerosix
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