No plans to extradite Iraqi VP: Turkey

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 23:43

Istanbul: Turkey says it has no plans to send Iraq`s vice president, who is currently in Turkey, back to Iraq for prosecution even after Interpol placed him on its most-wanted list.

Iraq has charged Tariq al-Hashemi with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims.

Al-Hashemi, a Sunni, says the charges are false and motivated by the political enmity of the Shiite-led leadership in Baghdad.

Turkey`s deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said today that al-Hashemi is in Turkey for medical treatment and that Turkey would not extradite someone to whom it has provided support.

PTI




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