Terror trial of Iraq VP postponed over witnesses
Baghdad: A lawyer for Iraq`s fugitive vice president says a judge has adjourned his trial on terror charges, adding that the proceedings will resume once a higher court decides whether the defense can question the country`s president and five lawmakers.
The lawyer, Muyyiad Obeid al-Ezzi, said Baghdad`s Criminal Court adjourned today`s trial to wait for a federal court ruling on whether President Jalal Talabani can be summoned as a character witness.
The politically charged case has sparked a crisis in Iraq`s government and fueled Sunni Muslim and Kurdish resentment against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite who critics say is monopolizing power.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, now in Turkey, denies accusations he ran death squads targeting Shiite officials. He says the case is a political vendetta by al-Maliki.
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