Iraq court confirms death sentence on ”Chemical Ali”
Iraq's top court said on Tuesday it had confirmed the death sentence on "Chemical Ali" and two other aides of Saddam Hussein convicted of genocide and they will be hanged within 30 days. "The Iraqi Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence on Ali Hassan al-Majid, Sultan Hashim al-Tai and Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti," court chief Judge Aref Shaheen told a press conference.
Asked when the three would be executed, Shaheen replied: "According to Iraqi law, sentence must be carried out withing 30 days, no more."
Majid was the executed Iraqi president's most notorious hatchet man, Tai was his defence minister and Tikriti was armed forces deputy chief of operations.
The three were sentenced to death on June 24 after being found responsible for the slaughter of thousands of Kurds in the so-called Anfal campaign of 1988.
"Thousands of people were killed, displaced and disappeared," Iraqi High Tribunal chief judge Mohammed al-Oreibi al-Khalifah said after he had passed sentence in June. "They were civilians with no weapons and nothing to do with war."