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'Chemical Ali' Accused Of Throwing Men From Helicopter

"Chemical Ali" is already sentenced to death for genocide against the Kurds in the 1980s (file) (epa) August 23, 2007 -- An Iraqi woman has accused a cousin of Saddam Hussein of killing her two sons by throwing them out of a helicopter over the Persian Gulf in 1991.

The woman was giving testimony at the ongoing trial in Baghdad of Ali Hasan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," and 14 other former aides of the executed former Iraqi dictator.

Speaking from behind a curtain to protect her identity, the woman accused Saddam's army of arresting her family members and later said al-Majid himself had killed her two sons.

The 15 are on trial for crimes against humanity over their alleged roles in the deaths of up to 100,000 Shi'ites following a 1991 rebellion.


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