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Death sentence for fugitive Iraqi vice president

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An Iraqi court has sentenced to death the fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi following his conviction for murder.

Hashemi, a Sunni, fled the country earlier this year after authorities accused him of running a death squad.

His case triggered a crisis in the power-sharing government among Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish political blocs. The court’s decision is likely to further exacerbate sectarian tension.

But it remains unclear whether the court will respond to Interpol’s extradition request. The international police agency wants Hashemi
to answer allegations that he financed terrorist attacks in Iraq.