‘Chemical Ali’ given death sentence

Arthur Macmillan; 18/1/10

Saddam Hussein’s notorious enforcer ”Chemical Ali” has been sentenced to death for ordering the gassing of Kurds in the Iraqi town of Halabja, an attack that killed an estimated 5000 people. Ali Hassan al-Majid was found guilty of the attack yesterday, state-run Al-Iraqiya television reported. It took place as the Iran-Iraq war drew to a close in 1988. Three-quarters of the victims were women and children. It is the fourth death sentence for Majid, who is better known by his macabre nickname. ”This judgment is a victory for all Iraqis, humanity and the Kurds because Halabja is the biggest crime of modern times,” said Majid Hamad Amin, the Minister of the Martyrs and Displaced in the Kurdish regional government.

See: http://www.smh.com.au/world/chemical-ali-given-death-sentence-20100117-megs.html; Tariq Aziz suffers severe stroke; 18/1/10; http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/01/201011714322816288.html