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Dutchman charged with genocide for supplying chemicals to Iraq

[JURIST] Businessman Frans van Anraat has been formally charged by Dutch prosecutors with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq that were used to produce poison gas by Saddam Hussein's government against Kurds. Prosecutors said that van Anraat, the first Dutch national to face prosecution for genocide, "was conscious of ... the fact" that the chemical substances he provided "were going to be used for poison gas attacks." Van Anraat's defense lawyers say there is no convincing evidence linking the materials van Anraat supplied to the chemical weapons used by Saddam Hussein. Van Anraat was arrested last December [JURIST report] after returning to Europe from Iraq, where he had been living for several years. Van Anraat's full trial is scheduled to begin in November. BBC News has more.

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