I’m glad to see the Iraqi courts are moving along. After Saddam went, the press clear forgot about them. I assumed because they weren’t running anymore. I mean, surely the trial of a dictator’s cousin for genocide of 180,000 people is news.

Times Online – Chemical Ali sentenced to death for genocide of Kurds

Chemical Ali, the cousin of Saddam Hussein who masterminded the brutal campaign of genocide against Iraq’s Kurds in the 1980s, was sentenced to death today by a court in Baghdad.

Ali Hassan al-Majid, 66, along with five others from the Saddam regime, were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the slaughter of up to 180,000 Kurds on the border with Iran from 1987-88. Three co-defendants were also sentenced to death, two received life sentences and one was acquitted.

Al-Majid, using a cane and who appeared as a pathetic and reduced figure from the days when he commanded the Baath Party’s Northern Bureau, trembled in the dock as the judge read out the charges and the sentence: death by hanging. Dressed in traditional Arab clothes, his only words in response were: “Thanks be to God.”

I’ll say.