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Interpol issues `red notice` for fugitive Iraq VP

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 15:35

Baghdad: Interpol has issued a so-called "red notice" for Iraq`s fugitive Sunni Vice President who is currently in Turkey.

The Lyon, France-based organisation says today`s move came at the request of the government in Baghdad.

Iraq has charged Tariq al-Hashemi with terrorism and has accused him of running death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shi’ite pilgrims.

He is one of the nation`s highest-ranking Sunni politicians and is being tried in absentia in Baghdad.

Al-Hashemi has vowed to not return to face what he calls politically motivated charges.

A red notice seeks the arrest or provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to eventual extradition. The subjects of red notices are considered to be on Interpol`s most-wanted list.


First Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 15:35

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