Saddam Hussein’s notorious cousin known as Chemical Ali has been sentenced to death for gassing Kurds at the end of the Iran-Iraq war. “Families of victims in court cheered when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for the poison gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988. Al-Majid, whose nickname comes from his role in that attack, has already received three previous death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam's rule, particularly in the government's campaigns against the Shiites and Kurds in the 1980s and 1990s. Other officials in Saddam's regime received jail terms for their roles in the attack. The jail terms were handed down following guilty verdicts on charges that included crimes against humanity.”