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‘Chemical Ali’ Gets New Death Sentence in Iraq January 17, 2010

Posted by bigworldcentral in Breaking News, World News.

Saddam Hussein’s scandalous cousin “Chemical Ali” was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity, receiving a death sentence for his participation in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of victims in court applauded when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already acquired three earlier death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam’s rule, particularly in the government’s campaigns against the Shiites and Kurds in the 1980s and 1990s.

Other officials in Saddam’s regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja close to the Iranian border. Former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie faces 15 years in prison, as does Iraq’s former director of military intelligence, Sabir Azizi al-Douri.

Nazik Tawfiq, 45, a Kurdish woman who said she lost six of her family members in the attack came to court by herself to hear the sentence. She fell to her knees and began to pray upon hearing the verdict against al-Majid. Rest of the story.

Credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture.



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