Former Saddam officials sentenced to death

June 24, 2007 12:31

An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali" and two other former regime officials to death by hanging for their roles in a 1980s scorched-earth campaign that led to the deaths of 180,000 Kurds. Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam's cousin and the former head of the Baath Party's Northern Bureau Command, trembled and stood silently as the judge read the verdict. The judge, Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, said al-Majid was convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for ordering army and security services to use chemical weapons in a large-scale offensive that killed or mained thousands.

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