Fugitive Iraqi VP handed second death sentence

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Saturday, 03 November 2012


tariq hashmiThe fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has been handed his second death sentence on the charge of attempting to assassinate a senior government official.

"The central criminal court issued a death sentence against Tareq al-Hashemi and his son-in-law, Ahmed

    The verdict was the second death sentence for Hashemi, both delivered in absentia since he escaped to Turkey.


On September 9, the criminal court in Baghdad sentenced Iraq's vice president and son-in-law to death over their involvement in terrorist activities and running a death squad.

Hashemi fled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region last December as US troops were pulling out of Iraq. Baghdad persistently demanded that the autonomous Kurdish region hand over Hashemi to face justice, but the region declined to oblige.

Hashemi is accused of involvement in bomb attacks against government and security officials over the past years, including a November 2011 car bombing in the capital Baghdad that apparently targeted the Iraqi prime minister.

On December 19, 2011, an investigative committee within the Iraqi Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Hashemi after three of his bodyguards confessed to taking orders from him to carry out the terrorist attacks.

"> Qahtan, for incitement to attach a sticky bomb to the car of an interior ministry officer," Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, a spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said on Thursday.

    The verdict was the second death sentence for Hashemi, both delivered in absentia since he escaped to Turkey.


On September 9, the criminal court in Baghdad sentenced Iraq's vice president and son-in-law to death over their involvement in terrorist activities and running a death squad.

Hashemi fled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region last December as US troops were pulling out of Iraq. Baghdad persistently demanded that the autonomous Kurdish region hand over Hashemi to face justice, but the region declined to oblige.

Hashemi is accused of involvement in bomb attacks against government and security officials over the past years, including a November 2011 car bombing in the capital Baghdad that apparently targeted the Iraqi prime minister.

On December 19, 2011, an investigative committee within the Iraqi Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Hashemi after three of his bodyguards confessed to taking orders from him to carry out the terrorist attacks.

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