Iraqi court resumes Aziz trial

An Iraqi court has resumed hearing the case against Tariq Aziz and seven other former regime officials who face charges in the 1992 execution of dozens of merchants.

Aziz, 72, the former deputy prime minister and one of Saddam Hussein’s best-known lieutenants, walked into the court today using a cane.

The other defendants include Saddam’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali for ordering chemical attacks on Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s. He has already been sentenced to death in another case.

The eight defendants are facing charges stemming from the 1992 executions of 42 merchants accused by Saddam’s government of profiteering when the country was under strict UN sanctions.

They face the death penalty if convicted.

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