Trial in Halabja for ‘Chemical Ali’
HALABJA: Ali Hassan al-Majid, a jailed cousin of Saddam Hussein, will be tried in Halabja, at the scene of the crime that earned him the sinister nickname of ‘Chemical Ali’, Iraq’s deputy prime minister vowed on Saturday.
Speaking to Kurdish families whose relatives were gassed here in 1988, Barham Saleh said: “We will bring you Chemical Ali, so that he can be tried in front of the families of the victims of the gassing.”
“The representatives of the Halabja victims should ask the next government to allocate part of the Iraqi budget to the reconstruction of the town, in order to allow its inhabitants to erase the scars of the gassing,” he said. afp