On November 17, 2010, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani refused to sign an execution order for Tariq Aziz, the foreign minister and deputy prime minister for the government of Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi High Criminal Court had sentenced the ex-minister to death in October 2010. Talabani cited his socialist compassion as the reason for refusal, in light of Aziz's persistent health problems. Aziz had previously been convicted of forcing the displacement of the Iraqi Kurdish population from the northeast region of Iraq in August 2009. An Iraqi court added 10 years to Aziz's sentence on November 29, 2010.
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