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Former Iraq deputy prime minister Aziz gets family call in prison

[JURIST] Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile] received a ten-minute telephone call in jail from his family Thursday, his first such contact in over two years, and will see them in person next week, his lawyer Badia Aref said. Aziz said through Aref earlier this week that he would not testify [JURIST report] against former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] in his upcoming trial [JURIST news archive]. The visit with family members set for August 21 may be the first for a high profile Iraqi prisoner. It is not clear whether other key defendants have received family visitors in the past, but there have been no reports that members of Hussein's exiled family have come to see him in jail, or for that matter had been invited or authorized to do so. Reuters has more.

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