The trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and 6 of his henchmen on charges of massacring Kurds during Anfal Operation continues in Iraq. Earlier, three individuals hurt by chemical weapons in that operation appeared in the court as witnesses.
Besides Saddam, Ali Hassan al-Majid (a.k.a. chemical Ali), former director of Iraqi secret services Abdul Aziz al-Douri, former governor of Mosul Taher Toufiq al-Aani, former defense minister Sultan Hashem Ahmed, former member of Armed Headquarters Hussein al-Tikriti, and the former director of Military Intelligence Farhan Matlak al-Jabouri are on trial.
It should be noted that Al-Ittihad newspaper earlier quorted PUK officials announcing that they had found audio tapes of chemical Ali, in which he orders the MKO to attack Iraqi citizens. There’s no doubt that the issue of MKO crimes against the Kurds will be discussed in this court.
Al-Hayat – London, September 21, 2006