Tuesday, December 07, 2004

One supplier of chemical weapons to Iraq charged. 2nd supplier still at large.

From England's News Telegraph

Police have arrested a Dutch man on suspicion of supplying thousands of
tonnes of ingredients for mustard gas and nerve gas to Saddam Hussein.

"The man is suspected of supplying thousands of tonnes of raw materials
for chemical weapons between 1984 and 1988," the Dutch public prosecution
service said in a statement today.

"The chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi government in the war
against Iran and against the Kurdish population in North Iraq," it added.

A man, believed to be a 62-year-old, was arrested in Amsterdam
yesterday. He is expected to be charged as an accomplice to genocide and other
war crimes.

A second suspect, shown in the photo below with the former dictator, has not been charged and the authorities have been silent about any possible investigation involving him and the country he represented who ultimately provided the weapons that led to the deaths of thousands.



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