Iraq has executed Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as "Chemical Ali", for crimes against humanity, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.
"The death sentence against Ali Hassan al-Majeed has been carried out," Dabbagh said.
Majeed, a cousin of Saddam's who earned his nickname because of his use of poison gas, was executed by hanging, the government said in a statement.
Generally, we don't favour capital punishment. In Ali Hassan al-Majeed's case though, we make an exception, as we did for Saddam Hussein. These were brutal men, happy to kill thousands of innocents in their pursuit of power. The world is a far better place without them.