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IRAQ: PRESIDENT TALABANI REFUSES TO SIGN AZIZ DEATH ORDER

November 17, 2010: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he would never sign former deputy premier Tareq Aziz's execution order, stressing it was time to turn the page on Iraq's history of capital punishment.
"No, I will not sign this kind of order because I am a socialist," Talabani told France 24 television in an interview.
"I feel for Tareq Aziz, because he's an Iraqi Christian, and he's also an elderly person, over 70 years old. That's why I will never sign this execution order."
Aziz, 74, was handed the death penalty on October 26 for the suppression of Shiite religious parties in the 1980s, and is also on trial for a crackdown on Iraqi Kurds, of which Talabani is one.
Iraq's supreme criminal court found the long-time international face of former president Saddam Hussein's regime guilty of "deliberate murder and crimes against humanity," sentencing him to death.
Two other men received the death sentence at the same time as Aziz -- former interior minister Saadoun Shaker and Abid Hmoud, an aide to Saddam.
All three were sentenced for their role in the crackdown on Shiites, but the urbane Aziz was by far the most prominent figure.
Ratifying the death sentence is one of the prerogatives of Iraq's head of state, as stipulated in article 73 of the constitution. Talabani refusal's to sign the death warrant should therefore allow Aziz to escape execution.
The Iraqi president, who was reappointed last week in a power-sharing pact that ended more than eight months of political paralysis, has previously said he is generally against capital punishment.
During his first term, he declined to confirm some court execution orders but without preventing the hangings going ahead as the two vice presidents at the time, a Shiite and a Sunni, were able to authorise them in his place.
But their mandate has not been renewed.
Aziz was the latest member of Saddam's fallen regime to be ordered to die, but Talabani said it was time to turn the page on the punishment, except for some sectarian crimes.
"I think that the page of executions needs to be turned, except concerning the crimes committed at the cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and crimes against Shiite pilgrims and holy sites," he said. (Sources: Afp, 17/11/2010)

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MALDIVES: DEATH SENTENCE PASSED IN MURDER CASE
SOMALIA: MILITANTS EXECUTE 2 TEENS ACCUSED OF CRIMES
MALAYSIA: HIGH COURT SENTENCES IRANIAN MAN TO DEATH FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED FOR SHOOTING DEAD POLICEMAN
PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT ZARDARI STAYS EXECUTION OF ASIA BIBI
USA: JUDGE ALLOWS NEW LETHAL INJECTION DRUG FOR OKLAHOMA EXECUTIONS
CHINA: OFFICIAL EXECUTED FOR SELLING IMPERIAL RELICS
U.N. PANEL CUTS GAY REFERENCE FROM VIOLENCE MEASURE
JAPAN: JURORS HAND DOWN FIRST DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN SETS EXECUTION DATE FOR WOMAN
DEATH PENALTY: ZAMPARUTTI (RADICALS)- ITALY NOT TO COLLABORATE WITH THE US LETHAL INJECTION
OHIO (USA): GOVERNOR TED STRICKLAND GRANTED CLEMENCY TO SIDNEY CORNWELL
MAN HANGED IN SOUTHWEST OF IRAN
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MALI: HANDS OFF CAIN MISSION - HEARING IN PARLIAMENT AND VISIT TO BAMAKO WOMEN'S PRISON
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MOROCCO: JUSTICE MINISTER- WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
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