Alea iacta est: Ali Hassan al-Majid, shown here during his trial in January 2007, is a cousin of Saddam Hussein.
The remaining days of Ali Hassan al-Majid, aka “Chemical Ali,” are numbered. More specifically, after an Iraqi court upheld his June sentence, al-Majid, who earned his nickname by playing a key role in the gassing deaths of some 100,000 Kurds in 1988, has 30 days or less to live.
Majid is currently also on trial for the brutal suppression of a Shia uprising in southern Iraq after the first Gulf War in 1991.
The BBC’s Andrew North in Baghdad says it is likely he will now be executed before that trial can be completed, because the government has to carry out the death sentence within 30 days.