BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) # Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister in the regime of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, is in U.S. custody, CNN has confirmed.
Aziz, who was often the public face of the regime on the international stage, was No. 43 on the list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis and was the “eight of spades” in the deck of cards being circulated by coalition troops.
It was not immediately clear how Aziz was taken into custody.
On the eve of war, Aziz denounced reports that he had either been shot or had asked for political asylum. Earlier, Aziz said he would never go into exile and “would prefer to die” rather than “go to Guantanamo” as a U.S. prisoner of war.