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Dutchman in Iraq genocide charges

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posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 05:51 AM

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have charged a Dutch businessman with selling chemicals to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Frans van Anraat, 62, is accused of complicity in genocide, the first time a Dutchman has faced that charge.

Mr van Anraat is accused of selling chemicals from the US and Japan to Iraq to make nerve gases and mustard gas.

The gases are said to have been used in the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, where more than 5,000 died.

The case includes evidence obtained from the former head of Iraq's chemical weapons program, Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known as Chemical Ali.

He has been charged in Iraq of masterminding the mustard gas attack on Halabja.

Saddam Hussein has also been charged over the attack.

it seems the war crimes from Iraq are starting to take place now. In Mr Van Anraat defence, he states he had "no idea" what the chemicals were going to be used for, some can agree with him and see him as a scapegoat, but if you sale toxic chemicals to a nation where it leader has a history of making WMDs, then you cant reall say you have "no idea".

posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 06:25 AM
What about the US taking saddam off the terror list in '85 (??) in order to sell him nasty toys?

Oblviously nothing suspicious there... lets get this dutch guy instead!!

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