Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Burkina Faso attack: How to restore security in the Sahel region?

Read more

THE DEBATE

India and Pakistan mark 70 years of independence: Can the two countries ever reconcile?

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

India: Cows at heart of political debate

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Trump again blames both sides for Charlottesville violence

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron: The shadow of a doubt'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Talks to begin on revamping NAFTA trade deal

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Top Somalia jihadist turns himself over to government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Are Trump's deleted retweets accidental or calculated?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Has the horror of partition overshadowed independence?

Read more

Middle east

Interpol seeks arrest of fugitive Iraqi vice-president

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-08

Interpol on Tuesday published an international notice seeking the arrest of fugitive Iraqi Vice-President Tariq Al-Hashemi (pictured) on suspicion of financing terrorist attacks in Iraq.

AFP - Interpol said Tuesday it had issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi "on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks".

"The Red Notice for al-Hashemi represents a regional and international alert to all of Interpol's 190 member countries to seek their help in locating and arresting him," the Lyon-based international police agency said.

Interpol said the notice, its highest possible alert, was issued following an Iraqi warrant made "as part of an investigation in which security forces seized bombing materials and arrested individuals".

Hashemi, who is being tried in absentia in a Baghdad court and was last known to be in Istanbul, is charged along with several bodyguards with killing six judges and senior officials.

He has challenged the legitimacy of the trial and said his life is at risk in Baghdad.

"The Interpol Red Notice against Tareq al-Hashemi will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders," Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said in a statement.

"This case also clearly demonstrates the commitment of Iraqi authorities to work with the world police community via Interpol to apprehend individuals facing serious charges," he said.

A Red Notice is not an internationally binding arrest warrant but many of Interpol's members consider it a valid request, especially if they have an extradition treaty with the requesting country.

Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant for Hashemi in December after the US completed its pullout and he first sought refuge with Iraqi Kurds.

The autonomous population refused to hand him over to Baghdad and he then fled to Turkey, after stops in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"My life in Baghdad (is) in high risk," the key Sunni Arab leader told journalists Friday in Istanbul, where he had been based more than a month.

He has challenged the legitimacy of the trial in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI), claiming the federal court should have handled the case because he is a sitting vice president.

He rejected claims he was a "fugitive" on Friday and said he would soon be back in Arbil, the capital of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

Hashemi's trial began Thursday, but was delayed until May 10.

The decision to charge Hashemi sparked a political crisis that saw the vice president's bloc boycott cabinet and parliament over accusations Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, was monopolising power.
 

Date created : 2012-05-08

  • IRAQ

    Wave of bombings hits Iraqi cities

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    Deadly blasts mark nine years since start of Iraq war

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    Suicide car bomber hits Baghdad police academy

    Read more

COMMENT(S)