Iraqi court upholds death sentence against 'Chemical Ali'

Iraq's appeals court upheld Tuesday death sentences passed against Saddam Hussein's close aides for directing a genocide campaign against the country's Kurds in 1987, including the dictator's cousin, so-called "Chemical Ali.

Iraqi court upholds death sentence against 'Chemical Ali'
Iraq's appeals court upheld Tuesday death sentences passed against Saddam Hussein's close aides for directing a genocide campaign against the country's Kurds in 1987, including the dictator's cousin, so-called "Chemical Ali.

"The death sentence against Ali Hasan al-Majid - who earned the nickname "Chemical Ali" because of the use of mustard gas against the Kurds - has been upheld, the chief judge of Iraq's supreme criminal tribunal, Arid Shahin, said at a press conference.

Shahin said the appeals court also upheld the death sentences against Saddam's defence minister, Sultan Hashim, and the former deputy commander of operations of the Iraqi army, Hussein Rashid.

Thousands of Kurds perished in an ethnic cleansing campaign led by Majid in northern Iraq in 1987. The supreme criminal tribunal sentenced Majid and his two colleagues to death in June.

The death sentences will have to be carried out within 30 days in accordance with the law of the court, the chief prosecutor in the trial, Monqiz al-Fatlawi, said.

The appeal court also upheld sentences of life in prison against two other accused in the trial and the release of a third, al-Fatlawi said.

Saddam was put to death in December 2006 for crimes against humanity. His regime was toppled by a US-led invasion in 2003.

DPA
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