Dutch charge man with assisting Chemical Ali in genocide

UPI via Washington Times:

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have charged a Dutchman with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq's former regime so it could make poison gas.

Frans van Anraat, 62, was charged Thursday with selling U.S. and Japanese chemicals that were then used to make lethal mustard gas -- soon thereafter unleashed on civilians in the Kurdish town of Halbja, the BBC said Friday.

That attack killed more than 5,000 men, women and children.


Part of the state's evidence against van Anraat came from the former head of Iraq's chemical weapons program, Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known as "Chemical Ali."


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