Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $37,059 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Iraqi president opposes death penalty for Tarik Aziz

Catholic World News - November 17, 2010

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani has announced that he will not sign the legal papers authorizing the execution of Tarik Aziz.

Aziz, who was deputy prime minister in the government of Saddam Hussein, was the only prominent Christian in the pre-war Iraqi government. He has been sentenced to hang for his role in a brutal suppression of a Shi’ite group. The Vatican had appealed to the newly installed Iraqi government to commute the death sentene.

Talabani said that he sympathizes with Aziz “because he is an Iraqi Christian.” (As a Kurd, Talabani is also a member of a minority group.) But his refusal to sign the death warrant is not motivated only by sympathy; he opposes the death penalty in all cases.

However, the presidential veto is no guarantee that Aziz will escape execution. Iraqi officials have carried out the death penalty in other cases without presidential approval. Talabani was president when Saddam Hussein himself was hanged.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,588 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,412.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Pope is not the problem 14 hours ago
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. 16 hours ago
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6