Tarik Aziz, who was Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and deputy prime minister, has claimed that there "was no genocide" against Iraqi Kurds and blamed Iran for the 1988 poison gas attack on a Kurdish town.
Aziz was appearing before a special tribunal, and claimed that Iraq did not possess the nerve agents that were used to kill an estimated 5,000 people in Halabja.
"You can check with experts.
There was no genocide against the Kurds Those defendants were honest officers who defended their country and fought Iran."
Aziz called Saddam a "hero and patriot for Iraq sovereignty."