The long time coming execution of one of Saddam Hussein’s cousins “Chemical Ali”, is now set to go ahead after being approved by an Iraq council.
For months now the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majeed and two others for a genocidal campaign against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s has been delayed by presidency council,.
Sultan Hashem, ex-deputy director of operations for the Iraqi armed forces, and a former army commander, are the other 2 men who now have been spared execution and it is because of this fact that the council has been delaying the decision due to internal disagreement as to whether or not hanging the two men was just punishment.
Al-Majid was nicknamed “Chemical Ali” for ordering poison gas attacks that killed thousands.
The council has stated that he will be hanged within one month, meaning that he can be hung anytime now.
Saddam, was hung back on Dec. 30, 2006.
A senior US government official stated that the American government was made aware of the decision, and that the actual date of the execution would be determined by the government.