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"Chemical Ali" questioned by Iraqi tribunal

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known in Western media as "Chemical Ali" [BBC profile], was questioned Thursday by an Iraqi tribunal preparing for the trials of the leaders of Saddam Hussein's regime. The Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) [official website] released the tape publicly on Sunday. It was the third tape related to tribunal questioning [JURIST report] released by the IST this month. Ali was questioned about suppressing religious political parties and about the killings and detentions of the Fayli Kurds. Eight other senior officials have been questioned, including Taha Yassin Ramadan [BBC profile], Hussein's former vice-president, Abid Hamid Mahmud [BBC profile], Hussein's secretary, and others believed to be involved in the suppression of Shi'ite and Kurdish uprisings following the Gulf War. Reuters has more.

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