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.

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.