In 2007, TIME magazine reported how Sultan Hashem, the defense minister during Saddam Hussein's era, escaped execution just five hours before he was scheduled to be hanged. Hashem's life was spared after his American jailor refused to hand him over to Iraqi executioners under the excuse of incomplete paperwork. Hashem’s controversial character continued to express the state of political and sectarian tensions in Iraq.
A respected figure?
If the Sunni Sultan Hashem and the Christian Tareq Aziz are released, political reconciliation would see a real beginningAbdulrahman al-Rashed