While American troops were on Baghdad's doorstep Aziz continued to maintain that Iraqi troops were defeating them when they were already hopelessly defeated. He seemed mildly pitiable. Let him serve a just sentence for crimes committed. He may even deserve to be executed. But I pray that this won't happen.
The Vatican statement reads:
The Catholic Church's position on the death penalty is well known. It is hoped, therefore, that the sentence against Tariq Aziz will not be implemented, precisely in order to favour reconciliation and the reconstruction of peace and justice in Iraq after the great sufferings the country has experienced. As concerns the possibility of a humanitarian intervention, the Holy See is not accustomed to operate publicly but through the diplomatic channels at its disposal.Acknowledgements: VIS, Zenit.