Iraq's Presidency Clears Execution of 'Chemical Ali'

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Baghdad (AP) There's word from Iraq that the government has approved the execution of the Saddam-era henchman known as “Chemical Ali.”

A government adviser says the execution has gotten a final go-ahead from Iraq's president and two vice presidents. Under Iraqi law it is to be carried out within 30 days.

Ali Hassan al-Majid is one of Saddam Hussein's cousins and was one of the leaders of an infamous crackdown that killed nearly 200,000 Kurds, many with chemical weapons. He is one of three former officials convicted last June of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. All three were sentenced to die by hanging.

The adviser says death sentences for the other two, including Saddam's defense minister, have not been cleared yet.