Iraqi officials plan to make one of the highest-profile figures in Saddam Hussein's regime - Ali Hassan al-Majid (search), called "Chemical Ali" by the West - the first person to be tried for war crimes.Let justice be swift. This animal does not deserve to take one more breath in this life.
"In the next few days we will have the trial of Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of the close followers of Saddam Hussein," Defense Minister Hazim al-Shaalan said Wednesday. "He will be the first to be tried."
The trial could begin as early as next week, but would definitely begin by the middle of January, al-Shaalan added.
Like many of Saddam's closest confidants, "Chemical Ali" is a kinsman from Tikrit. Leading the list of charges against him will be allegations that he ordered the gassing of as many as 5,000 Kurds in the town of Halabja (search) in March 1988, near the end of the Iran-Iraq War.
Thursday, December 16
"Chemical Ali" Will be the First to Face Justice
Posted by total at 12/16/2004 11:58:00 AM