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Iraq’s ‘Chemical Ali’ sentenced to death

In World on January 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

 Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as Saddam Hussein‘s enforcer “Chemical Ali” was on Sunday sentenced to death for ordering the gassing of Kurds in the Iraqi village of Halabja, state television said.

The Al-Iraqiya channel said Majid would be killed by hanging having been found guilty of the notorious attack in 1988 in the northeast of the country as the Iran-Iraq war drew to a close.

The ruling is the fourth time he has received a death sentence.

An estimated 5,000 people were killed at Halabja, three-quarters of them women and children, in what is now thought to have been the deadliest gas attack ever carried out against civilians.

A close cousin of Saddam, Majid earned his macabre nickname for ordering poisonous gas attacks in a brutal scorched-earth campaign of bombings and mass deportations that left an estimated 182,000 Kurds dead in the 1980s.

File photo shows Ali Hassan al-Majid known as Chemical Ali.

He had previously been sentenced to hang for genocide over the Kurdish offensives when he received a second death sentence in December 2008 for war crimes committed during the ill-fated 1991 Shiite uprising in southern Iraq.

And in March last year, the Iraqi High Tribunal handed down a third death sentence over the the 1999 murders of dozens of Shiites in the Sadr City district of Baghdad and in the central shrine city of Najaf.

However, he is probably best known for the Halabja attack when in March 1988, Iraqi jets swooped over the village and for five hours sprayed it with a deadly cocktail of mustard gas and the nerve agents Tabun, Sarin and VX.

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Forged note distributor sentenced to death

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Tien Giang (VNA) – The People’s Court of southern Tien Giang province on Sept. 30 sentenced Quach Kim Hoa of Chinese nationality to death for “circulating counterfeit money”.
According to the court, Hoa plotted with Mai Van Truc and 35 others to bring counterfeit notes totalling 4.7 billion VND from China into Vietnam for circulation.

The notes, in cotton and polymer and with face values of 50,000 VND, 100,000 VND, 200,000 VND and 500,000 VND, were produced in Taiwan before being brought to Vietnam via China ’s Guangxi province, confessed Hoa.

At the trial, the court sentenced Mai Van Truc to life imprisonment and Tran Van Trieu to 23 years in jail, with other accomplices receiving sentences ranging from 2-year suspended prison sentences to 19 years imprisonment-