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Iraq's fugitive VP wants new court in terror case
Trial against Iraqi Sunni VP delayed; lawyers seek new court in death squad charges
By The Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) ' The terror trial against Iraq's fugitive vice president has been postponed for a second time, with his lawyers demanding a special court to hear the case that he says was brought by political enemies.

Tariq al-Hashemi's legal team said Thursday it is still waiting to hear whether Iraq's Supreme Court will agree to move the trial from Baghdad's criminal court to a new tribunal appointed by parliament.

Al-Hashemi is one of Iraq's highest-ranking Sunnis and is accused of running death squads that targeted Shiite officials and pilgrims. He denies the charges.



The case threatens to paralyze Iraq's government by fueling simmering Sunni and Kurdish resentments against the Shiite prime minister, who critics claim is monopolizing power.

The next court hearing is May 15.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BAGHDAD (AP) ' The terror trial against Iraq's fugitive vice president has been postponed for a second time, with his lawyers demanding a special court to hear the case that he says was brought by political enemies.

Tariq al-Hashemi's legal team said Thursday it is still waiting to hear whether Iraq's Supreme Court will agree to move the trial from Baghdad's criminal court to a new tribunal appointed by parliament.

Al-Hashemi is one of Iraq's highest-ranking Sunnis and is accused of running death squads that targeted Shiite officials and pilgrims. He denies the charges.

The case threatens to paralyze Iraq's government by fueling simmering Sunni and Kurdish resentments against the Shiite prime minister, who critics claim is monopolizing power.

The next court hearing is May 15.


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