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Call for "Chemical Ali's" death sentence

Call for "Chemical Ali's" death sentence
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Prosecutors in Iraq are calling for Saddam Hussein’s cousin, “Chemical Ali”, to be sentenced to death. Ali Hassan al-Majeed and five other defendants face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ali is also charged with genocide.

The allegations stem from a crackdown on Iraq’s Kurdish population in the 1980s.

Ali, known as “Chemical Ali” for allegedly using poison gas attacks, has admitted ordering scores of villages destroyed.

His defence says he was targetting Kurdish guerillas who sided with Iran in its war with Iraq.

The trial has been adjourned until 16 April, when the defence will sum up its case.