CHEMICAL ALI RECEIVES DEATH PENALTY
January 17, 2010: Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging in Iraq for ordering the gassing of Kurds in 1988, killing more than 5,000 in an air raid thought to be the worst single attack of its kind on civilians.
It is Ali Hassan al-Majid's fourth death sentence for crimes against humanity in Iraq. The previous three have not been carried out, in part because survivors of the poison gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja wanted to have their case against al-Majid heard. (Sources: Globe and Mail, 17/01/2010)