Convicted Dutch poison gas supplier loses appeal
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has rejected an appeal by Dutch chemicals dealer Frans van Anraat. He is serving a 16 and a half year jail term for delivering mustard gas ingredients to Saddam Hussein's regime in the 1980s.
Mr Van Anraat had complained to the Strasbourg court that the Dutch judges were not qualified to take on this case because Saddam Hussein was immune to prosecution as a head of state. The court threw out this argument.
Van Anraat's chemicals may have been used for the poison gas used by the Baghdad regime against the Kurdish population of Halabja in 1988, which killed thousands of people.
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