Russia called on Iraq on Wednesday not to carry out the death sentence on Tareq Aziz on humanitarian grounds, its foreign ministry said.
The Vatican has also appealed against the sentence which was passed by Iraq's high tribunal on Tuesday
Iraq's high tribunal on Tuesday passed a death sentence on Tareq Aziz, once the international face of dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, over the persecution of Islamic parties, the court said.
The death sentence was the first to be handed
Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, the public face of Saddam Hussein's regime, was sentenced to 15 years jail on Wednesday for his role in the execution of dozens of traders for breaking state price controls in 1992.