Dispute between Baghdad and Kurdistan over Iraqi VP Hashemi's
issue has ended: KBC
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Dispute between Baghdad and Kurdistan over
Iraqi VP Hashemi's issue has ended: KBC
Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (2nd
from left) arrives for a press conference on May 4,
2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Hashemi, accused of running a
death squad, said that he has no faith in the Iraqi
justice system and fears for his life.' I have a
major lack of confidence and mistrust regarding the
principles of justice' in Iraq, the key Sunni
leader, who is on trial in absentia, told
journalists. Photo: Getty
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May 9, 2012
BAGHDAD,— The Kurdish Blocs Coalition (KBC)
stated Tuesday that the dispute between Baghdad and
Erbil about Iraqi Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi
has ended now that the VP has left Kurdistan
The KBC added that there is now no need to convene
the meeting of three presidencies that the Kurdistan
Region's President Massoud Barzani called for to
discuss Hashemi's issue.
Hashemi fled to Kurdistan after the issuance of an
arrest warrant against him by the judiciary in
Baghdad on charges of running "assassination teams".
He left the region last month for a regional tour
that led him finally to settle in Turkey, where is
currently still is.
Hashemi said in a press statement this week that he
intended to return to Kurdistan last week,www.ekurd.net
but some people advised him to extend his stay in
Coalition spokesman Muayyid Tayyeb said: "The issue
of VP Hashemi is no longer a point of dispute
between Baghdad and Erbil. Baghdad called on the
region earlier to hand over Hashemi when he was
present in it.
"Hashemi's issue is limited between the National
Coalition, the State of Law Coalition and Iraqiya
List, which insists on resolving the issue from the
political and judicial side."
Hashemi today called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
to remove his influence from the Iraqi judiciary and
expressed his grief for the decline in the fairness
of the judiciary.
Hashemi is a senior leader in Iraqiya List and
served as vice president for two terms. He leads the
Tajdid bloc. Hashemi says that he and his protection
elements are innocent in relation to the charges
against him, accusing the Iraqi judiciary of being
subjected to the executive power after the refusal
to transfer his case to Kirkuk instead of Baghdad.