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    The international face of Saddam Hussein's regime, Tariq Aziz, was sentenced to death by hanging on Tuesday for persecuting Shias just over three months after the Americans transferred him to Iraqi government custody.

    Iraqi High Tribunal spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Sahib did not say when the 74-year-old former foreign minister would go to the gallows. Aziz has 30 days to launch an appeal.

    Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam's mainly Sunni inner circle, was wearing a blue suit and sat alone in the court. He bowed his head and frequently grasped the handrail in front of him, as the judge read out the verdict.

    The Vatican urged Iraq to not carry out the death sentence and said it may intervene to try to halt it

    A spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican hoped that the sentence wouldn't be carried out and added that Vatican usually would pursue any possible humanitarian intervention to halt an execution via diplomatic channels.
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