Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' gets death sentence, Tariq Aziz acquitted

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March 2, 2009 13:46

An Iraqi judge has given death sentences to three former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime for slayings and abuses against Shiites a decade ago. The defendants include Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," for ordering poison gas attacks in the 1980s. The sentences Monday were for a 1999 crackdown that sought to quell a Shiite backlash to the slaying of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad al-Sadr. His supporters blame the killing on Saddam's agents. Three other former Saddam officials received life sentences while two were acquitted, including former Foreign Minster Tariq Aziz.


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