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Dutch police arrest suspected Saddam chemical supplier

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Police in Amsterdam have arrested a man suspected of supplying Saddam Hussein with material for chemical weapons used in the 1980s. 62-year-old Frans van Anraat has been on a US wanted list since 1989, and was known to have been in Iraq until the American-led invasion in 2003. “We suspect this man of complicity in committing war crimes and genocide,” said a spokeswoman for Dutch prosecutors.

It is alleged the Dutchman supplied the former Iraqi regime with tonnes of material that was turned into mustard and nerve gas. Chemicals were used on many occasions, the most notorious being the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, in which more than 5,000 people died. Authorities say Anraat will appear before a judge later this week.