Monday, January 25, 2010

'Chemical Ali' Hanged

Saddam Hussein's cousin, Hassan al Majid, also known as 'Chemical Ali', has been executed.He was hanged for crimes against humanity, according to Iraqi government spokesman Ali al Dabbagh.

"The death sentence against Ali Hassan al Majeed has been carried out," Mr Dabbagh said.

'Chemical Ali' was killed around a week after he received a fourth death sentence. News of the hanging came shortly after three suicide car bombings struck Baghdad. It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were linked the execution of al Majid.

According to the Associated Press, an Iraqi government spokesman says Ali Hassan al-Majid was hanged today. As the wire service reminds us, al-Majid was a cousin of Saddam Hussein and was known as "Chemical Ali" because he ordered poison gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds in 1988.

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