Royal hideout for Aziz in return for WMD: UK
LONDON: Britain is offering Saddam Hussein’s key aide Tariq Aziz a royal hideaway in return for spilling the beans on the whereabouts of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
Security chiefs reckon one of the remote homes on the Prince Charles’ sprawling estates could be perfect for keeping Aziz tucked away, The Sun reveals.
But the idea will sicken British taxpayers left to foot the bill for his life of luxury here. It would also mean giving in to his demands for full immunity from prosecution.
Human rights groups say Aziz, 67, has the blood of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians on his hands. One organisation, Indict, was quoted as saying by The Sun: “This is sick. There’s no way a monster with his record should be allowed to set foot in this country.”
Tory MP Andrew Rossindell added: “Decent folk would find it offensive and unacceptable if he was given a home in this country.” Detailed preparations for the arrival of Iraq’s ex-deputy premier have been revealed in confidential documents circulating at the highest level of government and seen by The Sun.
Plans have been drawn up to reward Aziz with a new identity and a 1.5million pound home - complete with 24-hour police protection.
He would be brought in via RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, aboard a US Air Force plane. Aziz would then be held under military police guard - possibly at the Army garrison in Chicksands, Beds- for between six months and a year. Once he has met his part of the bargain - by leading the Allies to Saddam’s evil arsenal and turning in members of Saddam’s toppled regime - he would be given a new identity.
Aziz famed for his moustache and thick spectacles would also be offered cosmetic surgery to change his appearance before starting a cushy new life with his wife and four adult children. —ANI