Iraq yesterday hanged Ali Hassan al-Majeed — Saddam Hussein’s cousin, known as “Chemical Ali” — for crimes against humanity including the gassing of thousands of Kurds and violent crackdowns on Shi’ite revolts. Majeed was executed by hanging, a government statement said.


Majeed’s execution was announced shortly after suicide bombers struck the Iraqi capital in a coordinated attack, staging three car bombings aimed at well-known hotels in the city, killing more than 30 people.


He had received death sentences in four cases, the last around a week ago for a poison gas attack on the Iraqi Kurdish town of Halabja, which killed thousands of people. Majeed was not subjected to any abuse, said government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.