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Iraqi vice president sentenced to death on second charge

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 1 November 2012
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November 01, 2012

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi denies the charge and accusesd Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi'a, of conducting a political witch-hunt against his Sunni opponents.Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi denies the charge and accusesd Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi'a, of conducting a political witch-hunt against his Sunni opponents.

An Iraqi court has convicted fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi of involvement in a plot to assassinate a senior Interior Ministry official.

He was sentenced to death.

It was the second time the court has sentenced Hashimi to death in absentia.

Hashimi, Iraq's most senior Sunni Muslim politician, fled Iraq for Turkey in December 2011.

The Shi'ite-led government accused him of involvement in numerous attacks and issued a warrant for his arrest.

His first death sentence followed his conviction on the charge of running death squads.

He denies the charge and has accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi'a, of conducting a political witch-hunt against his Sunni opponents.

There has been no immediate reaction from Hashimi to the latest verdict.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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