Defense minister served Saddam Hussein dies in prison
Sultan Hashim, a defense minister who served under ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, died of a heart attack in a prison on Sunday, an official said.
HE WAS ONE OF THE LEAD FIGURES OF SADDAM ERA
"Former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim died this evening after his health deteriorated following a heart attack he suffered in al-Hoot prison," said Qasim as-Saadi, a health assistant at the Health Department of Dhi Kar Governorate.
Hashim had been suffering from many chronic diseases for several years, the official added.
Born in 1944, Hashim was one of the leading figures of Saddam era and he participated in all wars that Iraq had gone to since 1980s, including the Iraq-Iran war and the first and second Gulf wars.
He also chaired the Iraqi delegation during the cease-fire negotiations with international coalition forces in 1991 after Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
He served as the last defense minister of the Saddam era between 1995-2003.