Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' gets 3rd death sentence

An Iraqi judge has given death sentences to three former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime for slayings and abuses against Shiites a decade ago.

world Updated: Mar 02, 2009 17:49 IST
AP

An Iraqi judge has given death sentences to three former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime for slayings and abuses against Shiites a decade ago.

The defendants include Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," for ordering poison gas attacks in the 1980s. This was Chemical Ali's third death sentence for brutalities during Saddam's rule.

The sentences Monday were for a 1999 crackdown that sought to quell a Shiite backlash to the slaying of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad al-Sadr. His supporters blame the killing on Saddam's agents. A former intelligence chief and a former top Baath party official also got death sentences.

Three other former Saddam officials received life sentences while two were acquitted, including former Foreign Minster Tariq Aziz.

First Published: Mar 02, 2009 17:48 IST