(BAGHDAD) -- A former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle has been sentenced to death by hanging.
Tariq Aziz was accused of persecuting Shiite political parties during the Hussein regime. He was charged with taking part in a campaign against members of the Islamic Dawa Party of which Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.
Aziz often played the role of the diplomatic face of the regime, such as in the Iran-Iraq peace talks in Geneva in the 1980s.
The height of his power and influence came at the time of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, when he was foreign minister.
Aziz ranked 43rd on the United States' most wanted list of Iraqi officials when he gave himself up to American forces in April 2003.
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