Chemical Ali Will Get the Death Penalty

It is good to see justice prevail. Ali Hassan al-Majid, the former Ba’athist Iraqi Defense Minister under Saddam Hussein, has been sentenced to die for for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. “Chemical Ali,” as he is commonly known, will be hung along with other Saddam loyalists for their role in murdering an estimated 182,000 Kurds.

The government of Iraqi Kurdistan has released a statement concerning the death sentences of Ali and the other killers, saying that the difference between how these men were tried and convicted and how they carried out their own “justice” during the genocide of the Kurdish people “could not be more stark.” The statement also declared their prosecution under a fair system to be “a triumph for the rule of law.”


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