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Iraq Presidency Council approved execution of 'Chemical Ali'
February 29, 2012
On February 29, 2008, Iraq's Presidency Council upheld Ali Hassan al-Majid's sentence of death by hanging for participation in genocide and war crimes in 1988. The council had been debating what to do with al-Majid (also known as "Chemical Ali") for several months following his original sentence fro....... [more]

Iraqi High Tribunal resumes trial of Saddam-era deputy PM Aziz
May 20, 2008
The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and seven co-defendants resumed Tuesday, three weeks after a brief opening session and subsequent adjournment at the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad. Some members of the defense's legal team were missing, but lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano to....... [more]

Iraqi High Tribunal opens trial of Saddam-era former deputy PM
April 29, 2008
The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and seven co-defendants began at the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad on Tuesday. Aziz, deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein's regime, and his co-defendants are charged in connection with the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused by....... [more]

'Chemical Ali' hospitalized in Iraq following hunger strike
April 21, 2008
Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as Chemical Ali, was admitted to a US medical facility in Iraq on Sunday, the US military said Monday. Al-Majid had reportedly been on a hunger strike since Friday, but is now in stable condition after passing out Sunday. One of al....... [more]

Iraq PM criticizes failure to approve Anfal death sentences
March 2, 2008
A spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has criticized the Iraqi Presidency Council for refusing to approve the executions of two defendants sentenced to death last year by the Iraqi High Tribunal for their roles in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Kurds during the Anfal campaig....... [more]

Iraq lawmakers criticize delay in 'Chemical Ali' execution
November 26, 2007
Iraqi Kurdish and Shiite lawmakers on Monday criticized the delay in the executions of Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in Western media as Chemical Ali, and two others, all of whom are currently being held by the US military until a legal debate on the executions is resolved. Several....... [more]

'Chemical Ali' transfer for execution will wait until legal questions answered: US
November 12, 2007
Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in Western media as Chemical Ali, will not be transferred to Iraqi custody for execution until a legal debate on the executions is resolved, the US embassy in Iraq said Monday. US spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said that there are unresolved questions abo....... [more]

US transports 'Chemical Ali' to Iraq gallows site: NYT
October 18, 2007
US authorities have delivered Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in Western media as Chemical Ali, to a location near a prison gallows in Baghdad where he is expected to be transferred into Iraqi custody to be executed, an Iraqi police official said Wednesday. Al-Majid, a cousin of Sadda....... [more]

US refused to hand over Saddam defense minister for execution: report
October 13, 2007
The US military refused to hand over Saddam Hussein's defense minister for execution in September despite Iraqi government demands, TIME magazine reported Friday. An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told TIME that US officials refused to deliver Sultan Hashem Ahmed al-Jubouri al-Tai fro....... [more]

'Chemical Ali' ordered executions: court testimony
September 24, 2007
Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, ordered the execution of 25 villagers at a time as he crushed a Shi'a uprising in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to testimony Monday in the crimes against....... [more]

Anfal death sentences do not require presidential approval: Iraqi judge
September 10, 2007
An Iraqi judge and spokesman for the Iraqi High Tribunal said at a Baghdad news conference Monday that the execution of three former Saddam-era Iraqi officials sentenced to death for their role in the 1988 Anfal Campaign can proceed without the approval of the Iraqi president because of the scope of....... [more]


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