Former Iraq Deputy Prime Minister under Saddam Hussein, Tareq Aziz, has been acquitted of involvement in mass killings by a court in Baghdad.The judge said there was not enough evidence to convict Aziz over a military crackdown against Shi’ites in Baghdad’s Sadr City in 1999 in which dozens died. But, in the same case, one of Saddams’ closest aides, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, was given a third death sentence. Majeed, a cousin of Saddam, earned his nickname for his role in using poison gas to kill thousands of Kurdish villagers. His previous sentences were for masterminding a campaign against Kurds in the 1980s and killing thousands of Shi’ites after an uprising in the 1991 Gulf War. The execution has been held up by political wrangling.
Iraq acquits Aziz but condemns "Chemical Ali"