Iraqi premier calls on US to hand over Anfal convicts

Iraqi Prime Minister sent a message to US President George W Bush about the three former Iraqi officials condemned to death in the Anfal case.

Iraqi premier calls on US to hand over Anfal convicts
Iraqi Prime Minister sent a message to US President George W Bush asking him to hand over the three former Iraqi officials condemned to death in the Anfal case involving the genocide of Kurds in the 1980s, media reports said Friday.

"The message was sent last week via the usual diplomatic channels, not through an official envoy," Iraqi Government Spokesman Ali al- Dabbagh told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

In September, the Iraqi Supreme Criminal Court upheld the death sentences earlier handed down against the three former aides of the executed Iraqi President Saddam: Hussein Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam's cousin - also nicknamed Chemical Ali - Sultan Hashim, the former minister of defence, and Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti, the assistant chief of staff of the Iraqi army.

The death sentence against Hashim, however, caused a political controversy.

Iraq's Kurdish President Jalal Talabani and other senior politicians opposed the verdict, saying Hashim was connected to the Iraqi opposition and Talabani himself after former dictator Saddam Hussein's ouster.

Talabani insisted that the verdict should have been approved by the presidency.

Iraqi politicians also said officers in the former Iraqi army should not be executed as they were doing their duty, following the orders of the then supreme commander of the armed forces, Saddam Hussein.

The US embassy has said it had no objection to handing them over provided the differences among Iraqi politicians concerning the verdict could be resolved.

Anfal was an ethnic cleansing campaign against Kurds led by the former regime between 1986 and 1989.

International rights organization, Human Rights Watch, has estimated that at least 100,000 Kurds were killed in the campaign, in which chemical weapons were used.

Kurds claim that about 182,000 people were killed.

Agencies

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