Monday, January 02, 2006

Dutch businessman charged with complicity in genocide and war crimes

Dutch can be tough. Via Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Dutch businessman charged with complicity in genocide and war crimes

The Public Prosecutor's office has demanded a fifteen-year jail sentence for the Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat who supplied Saddam Hussein with chemicals in the 1980s. He faces charges of complicity in genocide in Iraq and in war crimes in Iran.

The chemicals he supplied were allegedly used for the production of chemical weapons. Thousands of Iraqis were killed in a number of poison gas attacks, notably in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988.

Fifteen years imprisonment is the maximum possible sentence for the offences Mr Anraat is charged with.

Radio Netherlands News

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