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23 December 2009 by -

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23 December 2009 by -

Sixteen victims of Saddam Hussein’s poison gas attacks on the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq and Iran in the 1980s are demanding compensation from Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat.

By Hermione Gee

The Dutchman provided the Iraqi government with the base material for mustard gas between 1984 and 1988. The Iraqi regime used the poison gas against Iranians and also against Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in 1988, where some 5,000 people were killed.

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06 December 2004 by -

While the trial of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein will not begin until next year, his lieutenants will appear this month before the Special Court, charged with crimes against humanity, announced the Iraqi Deputy Prime minister Barham Salih on 29 November. Ali Hassan al-Majid, alias «Chemical Ali», is thought to be responsible for gassing the Kurds of Halabja in March 1998, causing the deaths of 5000 people. A former advisor to Saddam Hussein, Watban Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, could also find himself in the witness box soon.

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20 December 2004 by HEIKELKINA VERRIJN STUART

Dutchman Frans Van Anraat recently declared in a television interview that his deliveries of chemical substances to Iraq was just something he had done on the side. He had received a request from Iraq and had successfully delivered. Had he not done it, somebody else would have, he said. At the time, the Dutch public prosecutor had contemplated charging him with export violations, but since the crimes took place in the late 1980s, it was too late. The crimes would be considered prescriptible. On 6 December, 2004, the businessman was arrested and charged with complicity in genocide and war crimes.

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17 March 2008 by Philippe Mischkowsky

In 2001, Jalal Talabani, historical leader of Iraqi Kurdistan and current president of Iraq, decided to build a monument in memory of the 5,000 Kurds who were gassed at Halabja on March 16, 1988 on the orders of Saddam Hussein's cousin, Ali Hassan Al-Majid. Halabja was the first act of the Anfal campaign, which killed between 120,000 and 200,000 Kurds in 1988. Al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali", was sentenced to death for genocide in June 2007 by the Iraqi High Tribunal [IJT-71]. His execution, approved by the Iraqi Presidential Council on February 29, is imminent.

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