Chemical Ali's Supplier On Trial
"The images of the gas attack on the Kurdish city Halabja were a shock. But I did not give the order to do that," van Anraat is quoted in a BBC article.
No, he did not give the order, but like BASF might say, he made the order possible. If there is any doubt, consider this:
After his arrest in 1989, he was freed on bail. Where did he immediately take off to? Iraq.
According to BBC:
Evidence being used by prosecutors includes information obtained from the former head of Iraq's chemical weapons programme, Ali Hassan al-Majid, otherwise known as Chemical Ali.He is being tried in the war crimes court in the Hague, which means it will probably be a protracted affair, with a good chance of a conviction.