Body of Tariq Aziz, the Only Christian In Saddam Hussein’s Inner Circle, Arrives In Jordan Ahead of Burial

Supporters of Tariq Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam Hussein's inner circle, hold the Iraqi flag and portraits of him outside the Arab Medical Center, where his body was brought from Iraq, in Amman, Jordan, early Saturday, June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Khaled Al Odat)
Supporters of Tariq Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, hold the Iraqi flag and portraits of him outside the Arab Medical Center, where his body was brought from Iraq, in Amman, Jordan, early Saturday, June 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Khaled Al Odat)

The body of Tariq Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, is in Jordan ahead of being buried.

The body arrived in Jordan’s capital, Amman, early Saturday. Authorities took it to a local morgue, where Aziz’s son, Ziad, and others met it. Some Baath Party supporters chanted outside.

Aziz died June 5 at age 79. He had been in prison since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and suffered a series of strokes. He faced execution for his role in a government that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

Jordan’s government agreed to a request by Aziz’s family to bury him in Jordan. After an autopsy, Aziz’s daughter, Zeinab, said her father’s body went missing at Baghdad International Airport. Authorities said a delay occurred over missing documents.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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