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‘Chemical Ali’ swings as Iraq serves justice

Iraq yesterday hanged Ali Hassan al-Majeed — Saddam Hussein’scousin, known as “Chemical Ali” — for crimes against humanity includingthe gassing of thousands of Kurds and violent crackdowns on Shi’iterevolts. Majeed was executed by hanging, a government statement said.<p></p>

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.

 
 
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