'Chemical Ali' Gets 2nd Death Sentence

Saddam cousin convicted of massacre of Shia Muslims
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 7:11 AM CST
Rubbar Mohammed visits the grave of her family members who were killed in a chemical attack by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1998, in Halabja, Iraq, Sunday, June 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/Yahya Ahmed)
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(Newser) – Ali Hassan al-Majid, the cousin of Saddam Hussein dubbed "Chemical Ali," has again been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court, reports the Guardian. The former defense chief was convicted today of orchestrating a mass killing of Shia Muslims during a revolt after the first Gulf War in 1991. He already faces a death sentence for his role in the deaths of tens of thousands of Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war.