October 26th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Vatican condemns Tariq Aziz death sentence

Editor's Note: This report comes from the CNN Wires staff.

Tariq Aziz, one of the best-known faces of the Iraqi government for more than two decades, was sentenced to death Tuesday by the Iraqi High Tribunal for his role in eliminating religious parties during Saddam Hussein's regime, court officials told CNN.

The Vatican opposed the death sentence, spokesman Federico Lombardi told CNN.

"This is not the most adequate way to promote reconciliation and reconstruction of justice and peace in a country that has suffered so much," he said.

Read the full story here.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Courts • Death • Iraq • Vatican

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. The oBo

    .................oh...forgot to mention, he is indeed a Christian. A Chaldean Roman Catholic.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  2. The oBo

    I'm not aware of any evidence that would pass muster adhering to the evidentiary standard in the USA, which would implicate his involvement with any war crimes, or crimes against humanity. If he's going to be dragged in and executed as "guilty by association", where is our friend Mr. Magoo...Saeed al-Sahhaf- the minister of information?

    We, along with our numerous allies, had no probelm intervening once sentences were passed regarding the fate of certain Nazi party members, who clearly were engaged in crimes against humanity- even though the laws didn't even exist during the time of Nurnberg.

    Victors justice? I wouldn't go so far as to assert that, however I do believe it's going to be a tough road for any Baath party associate to receive a fair trial in Iraq. I'm not a split finger, peace sign wearing long hair. My talons and beak are actually quite sharp...........................

    October 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  3. David Johnson

    I heard a rumor, that the Vatican thought a better punishment for Aziz, would be to dress him as an altar boy and leave him with a group of priests...

    October 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  4. Amalia

    "Suffered so much". That was totally a stealth dig against us.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:24 am |
    • Frank

      The American regime deserves a lot more than just a 'stealth dig'.

      October 27, 2010 at 4:25 am |
    • Reality

      A reiteration for those who might need it:

      Our War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent Body Count

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      Continued below:

      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      October 27, 2010 at 8:35 am |
    • Sum Dude

      You might check out the CIA website. They like statistics too. 😛

      October 28, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  5. Frank

    Since I'm against capital punishment, I must agree.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:13 am |
    • Sum Dude


      If you are the "transpotato" I apologize for any harsh words, I expected some notice of another name change.

      But if you are the other "Frank", I only apologize for not asking who you were before using you as a convenient target.
      ( I like transpotatoes just fine.)

      Just thought I should try to clear that up. I shoot first and ask questions later, I guess...!
      And I will attack Catholics regardless, but I am not mashing any potatoes today...

      October 27, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  6. David Johnson


    I pity the fool who isn't a fundie when Jesus comes back! I'll be floating up to heaven. I will watch my unsaved loved ones becoming more and more distant. I will think of them, from time to time, burning forever.

    How could fundies worship a god they think capable of doing this. Hitler doesn't deserve to burn forever.

    *sigh* I think I am just tired, tonight.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
    • CS


      Defending Hitler. And you condemn the Vatican? I'd rather have the Vatican than Hitler any day of the week.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:20 am |
    • Peace2All


      Yep... the irony of the whole mess.


      October 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Peace2All

    I am curious.... Seems that the Catholics are always screaming against any kind of killing,... 'except' When ole' JC comes back as Warrior Christ, to met out punishment to non-believer's etc... sending us to eternal damnation. A fate even worse than death.

    To me, something is definitely f * *ked up with the Catholics, and any of the fundamentalists that believe in that.

    Am I wrong here...?

    October 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
    • Sum Dude


      Hey, bro! Nope, you are not wrong. They are messed up in the head. I'm sure they have continued murdering people, but are just better at hiding it now. Burning people at the stake is so outre and bothersome these days...!

      October 28, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  8. Reality

    A solution?

    Push him out the back of a military cargo plane at 15,000 ft over the ocean without a parachute. If Tariq was a good Sunni, Allah will save him. If not, he will simply become fish food or maybe he will be reincarnated as a Hindu or a Shiite.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Frank

      He's not a Muslim. Get your facts straight before spouting off:

      October 27, 2010 at 4:14 am |
    • Reality


      I do apologize:

      "Tariq Aziz

      Member of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council
      5th Deputy Prime Minister[1]
      In office
      July 16, 1979 – April 9, 2003
      Succeeded by Jay Garner, as Head of the Coalition Provisional Authority


      Foreign Minister of Iraq
      In office
      1983 – 1991


      Born April 28, 1936 (1936-04-28) (age 74)
      Qaraqosh, Iraq
      Political party Ba'ath Arab Socialist Party
      Religion Chaldean Catholic"

      So for a "re-solution":

      Push him out the back of a military cargo plane at 15,000 ft over the ocean without a parachute. If Tariq was a good Catholic, Jesus will save him. If not, he will simply become fish food or maybe "satanic" food.

      (Note: Chaladean Catholics being in union with the Pope is another reason that the Iraqi's want him executed?)

      October 27, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  9. Sum Dude

    Who cares what is said by "the Vatican"?
    I put more stock in what Amnesty International says. Amnesty International is one of the best humanitarian organizations on the planet. They have my full support and some of my money when I can spare it. If anyone has money to spare, give it to Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and people like that.
    Don't give your money to the Vatican. They don't deserve anything but condemnation. Their hypocrisy is legendary.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • Vatican Schmatican

      Sum Dude! Right on!

      Who is the Vatican to condemn anything or anyone? When they take back all the death and havoc they've caused, and finally get rid of all the 'in church' pedophiles, MAYBE we'll listen to what they have to say. Until then. NOBODY CARES WHAT THE VAT HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING!

      October 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
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