An Iraqi court has sentenced “Chemical Ali”, one of Saddam Hussein’s notorious former henchmen, to death by hanging for genocide over the mass killing of tens of thousands of Kurds in 1988.
Another two defendants were also given the death penalty by the Iraqi High Tribunal today over the brutal military campaign known as Anfal in northern Iraq in which nearly 3,000 villages were razed to the ground and 182,000 Kurds killed.
Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of the executed former dictator and widely known as “Chemical Ali” for ordering chemical gas strikes against Kurdish villages, was the final defendant to learn his fate.
He stood before the judge in silence as he was sentenced to death for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by Iraq’s High Tribunal but later declared “Thanks be to God” as he was led out of the courtroom.
Sultan Hashim al-Tai, a defence minister under Saddam who headed Task Force Anfal and reported directly to Chemical Ali, was sentenced to death on the same charges.
“I will not say anything new but I will leave you to God. I’m innocent,” he said as he left the courtroom.