'Chemical Ali' may come to The Hague

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2 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The court in The Hague is looking into the possibility of calling Iraqi Ali Hassan al-Majid as a witness in the case against Frans van Anraat.

2 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The court in The Hague is looking into the possibility of calling Iraqi Ali Hassan al-Majid as a witness in the case against Frans van Anraat.

The public prosecution department says that Van Anraat supplied large quantities of chemicals to Saddam Hussein's government in the 1980s, which subsequently used the materials to create chemical weapons.

The court started hearings in the appeal case against Dutch businessman Van Anraat on Monday. Van Anraat was convicted in December 2005 of complicity in war crimes and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The court acquitted Van Anraat of the charge of complicity in genocide committed against the Kurds in northern Iraq.

Ali Hassan al-Majid was nicknamed Chemical Ali and the Butcher of Kurdistan for the attacks with mustard gas he reportedly ordered as part of the Anfal offensive against the Kurds in northern Iraq.

The prosecutor in an Iraqi court asked on Monday that Al-Majid be sentenced to death. The prosecutors say that he was involved in the mass murder of Kurds in the 1980s. Attacks against the Kurds killed at least 185,000 men, women and children.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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