Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Wednesday he will not sign an implementation order for Tareq Aziz, the former deputy of Dictator Saddam Hussein sentence to death last month for crimes alongside humanity.
"No, I will not sign the execution order for Tareq Aziz, since I am a socialist," Talabani told French television France 24 in a consultation.
"I feel sorry for with Tareq Aziz because he is an Iraqi Christian. in addition he is an old man who is over 70," he said.
Iraq's high court passed a death sentence on Aziz, once the worldwide face of Saddam's government, in October over the harassment of Islamic parties in Iraq throughout Saddam's rule.