Netherlands’ conviction in the case of selling chemical weapons to Iraq
On Thursday, November 24, a court in the Netherlands convicted a Dutch company named Foravina Belginen of paying compensation to 5 victims of chemical warfare during the Iran-Iraq war. The amount of this compensation has not yet been determined.
This verdict was issued while the owners of the mentioned company refused to appear in court to defend themselves.
The court stated in its statements that five Iranians lost their health forever after three mustard gas attacks by Iraq between 1984 and 1986 during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. According to the court’s argument, the defendants knew or should have known that thionyl chloride, the chemical substance sold to Iraq, was used to produce mustard gas.
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