Iraq: "Chemical Ali" To Be Executed
Saddam Hussein's cousinAli Hassan al-Majid nicknamed "Chemical Ali" [photo]for his role in ordering poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurds, is scheduled to be executed within a month, officials said Friday.The three member council didn't approve of execution of two others, Hussein Rashid Mohammed and Sultan Hashim al-Taie. As an apparent appeasement to Sunni objections to executing al-Taie citing they were only following orders. All three men are in US custody at the present time.
The approval by Iraq's President Jalal Talabani and two vice presidents was the final step clearing the way for Ali Hassan al-Majid's execution by hanging. It could now be carried out at any time, a government adviser and a prosecutor said. Al-Majid was one of three former Saddam officials sentenced to death in June after being convicted by an Iraqi court of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for their part in the Operation Anfal crackdown that killed nearly 200,000 Kurdish civilians and guerrillas.I find this interesting as Turkey has been fighting Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq and has caused a "delicate" situation there. Rumors have it they are pulling out. Saddam was hanged for killing 148 people in Dujail while his Kurdish genocide trial was still ongoing. I guess "Chemical Ali's" verdict could be viewed as "killing two birds with one stone". Leftist outrage in 3...2... More at Syracuse.com