Dec 23, 2005

Saddam's chemical supplier gets 15 years

Dutch court finds that Frans van Anraat sold chemicals to Iraq that were used in the 1989 genocide against the Kurds.
"From different sources it can be deduced that the suspect was aware of the destination and the final purpose for the base materials supplied by him," the prosecutor's office told the AFP news agency.

Among the chemicals van Anraat was accused of supplying was thiodiglycol, a chemical solvent used in the textile industry and in the manufacture of mustard gas.

He was found guilty of arranging 36 shipments - a total of 538 tons - from the US via the Belgian port of Antwerp, through Aqaba in Jordan to Iraq.

WMD? What WMD?

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