Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz has retained a U.S. attorney, Giovanni Di Stefano, who has made an application to the United States Supreme Court and stated that he “places the U.S. on notice of a Habeas Corpus Application to the United States Supreme Court.”

A Writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so that the petitioner’s case may be heard.

Di Stefano said the question presented to the United States Supreme Court will be: “Is the turning over of Petitioner Tariq Aziz to an authority that may reasonably be expected to violate his rights to a fair trial, due process of law, and his right to life in accordance with the law?”

In essence, Di Stefano is questioning the legitimacy of the Iraqi war crimes trials for its former dictator Saddam Hussein and key officials of his brutal government.

The United States Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to hear urgent cases and Aziz’s U.S. attorney claims he would be filing with the US Supreme Court shortly.

In a letter sent to Mr. Di Stefano by Tariq Aziz

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