'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

Hussein's cousin convicted for fatal 1988 poison gas attacks.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 25, 2010 17:29
'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

Chemical Ali 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was executed Monday, according to Iraq's government spokesman, about a week after he was sentenced to death for the poison gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds in 1988.

News of the hanging came shortly after three suicide car bombs struck downtown Baghdad. It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were linked the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majid.

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Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed the execution took place.

Majid - widely known as "Chemical Ali" for the gas attacks - was convicted on Sunday for ordering the poison gas to be dropped on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988 as part of a campaign against a Kurdish uprising.

It was the fourth death sentence against him for crimes against humanity.

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