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Turkey grants fugitive Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi residence permit
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) meets with former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi in Ankara in April.
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:37PM
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Turkey’s Interior Ministry has granted fugitive former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who faces terrorist charges in his country, residence permit.

According to Turkish sources, the ministry issued a residence permit for Hashemi after his 90-day visa expired.

Hashemi, who is accused of running a death squad in post-war Iraq, arrived in Turkey on April 10 after visiting Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He has held several meetings with Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The Turkish government has also settled Hashemi, his family, and those accompanying him in two houses in Istanbul due to security concerns instead of taking them to a hotel. Hashemi's personal Iraqi bodyguards and a team of 17 Turkish policemen and five cars are guarding him.

Hashemi is accused of involvement in bomb attacks against government and security officials over the past years and on December 19, 2011, an investigative committee within the Iraqi Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for him after three of his bodyguards confessed to taking orders from him to carry out the terrorist attacks. Hashemi later fled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Hashemi has denied the charges against him, demanding a trial in Kurdistan region, which has no jurisdiction over the regions where Hashemi has allegedly committed his terrorist acts. Iraq’s judiciary has rejected his request.


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