Iraq to sue Halabja weapon supplier

Construction worth $6m approved for Kurdish town ahead of the Anfal anniversary.

    Ali Hassan al-Majeed has been sentenced to death for his role in the Anfal campaign [EPA]

    In 2005, a court in the Netherlands sentenced a Dutch businessman to 15 years in prison - later raised to 17 years - for supplying the raw materials for poison gas to Saddam Hussein's government.

    The gas was used by his government in Halabja, and also in the 1980-1988 war with Iran.
     
    'Positive step'
     
    Jamal Abdulla, a spokesman for the government of the largely autonomous Kurdish region, said they had not been informed of the decision, but welcomed it as a positive step.
     

    "This decision taken by the Iraqi government will help to enhance and develop the services delivered to its citizens"

    Fouad Salih, mayor of Halabja

    Residents of Halabja have long complained of neglect by Kurdish and Iraqi government authorities, although development in the town has accelerated in the last two years.
     
    Fouad Salih, the town's mayor, also welcomed the decision.
     
    He said: "The former regime's crime destroyed the whole town. And this decision taken by the Iraqi government will help to enhance and develop the services delivered to its citizens."
     
    Saddam's government waged a military campaign called Anfal (spoils of war) against Iraq's Kurds in the 1980s that killed tens of thousands.
     
    Ali Hassan al-Majeed, a cousin of Saddam widely known as "Chemical Ali" for his use of poison gas, was sentenced to death last June for his role in the campaign but legal issues have largely held up his execution.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.