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The Dutch have re-arrested a Dutch national for assisting Saddam with genocide.

Prosecutors in the Netherlands say they will charge a 62-year-old Dutchman suspected of assisting ex-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in genocide.

A spokesman for the chief prosecutor’s office said the suspect had supplied Saddam Hussein with thousands of tons of base materials for chemical weapons.

The chemicals were allegedly used in the 1988 Iraqi bombing of Halabja.

It is alleged that suspect Frans van Anraat was aware of the final purpose for the base materials he supplied.

What’s the big deal?

Prosecutors said the Dutchman had been a suspect since 1989, when he was arrested in Milan, Italy, at the request of the US government. But he was later released and fled to Iraq, where he remained until 2003.

After the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, he returned to the Netherlands via Syria, the Associated Press reported.

Just hiding, or doing business?

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