shafaaq.com BAGHDAD, 26.2.2013 – Iraq’s fugitive Sunni Vice President, Tareq al-Hashemi sentenced to death in absentia by the Iraqi judiciary criticized on Monday, the position of President Jalal Talabani from his case with the courts, pointing out that the end of his relationship with Talabani was not good, as he let him down and he is with Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, despite of describing him as sadist.
Hashemi wrote on his social networking site (Facebook), that “my relationship with Mam Jalal (Jalal Talabani) was good during the past years,” adding that “the end of the relationship was not good”.
Hashemi commented on Talabani’s position as a “confusing position!!” adding “I hope for a speedy recovery for him.” The spokesman of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK, Azad Jundiyani had confirmed a few days ago that Tareq al-Hashimi is no longer the vice president according to the Iraqi Penal Code. Five death sentences were issued against Hashemi by the judiciary on several issues, including him giving orders to kill and carry out armed operations by roadside bombs, car bombs and possession of silencer weapons.
Al-Hashemi rejected a guilty verdict and death sentence passed on him in absentia as “politically motivated” and has been used by Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki to destroy him politically and announced that he is ready to appear before an international court to prove his innocence of all charges. Specialized legal studies and human rights center condemned the death verdict against vice-president Tariq al-Hashimi, pointing that the verdict was imposed by the pressures of the executive authority with political implications. The center called to abrogate capital punishment and refer the case to the International Justice Court. Hashemi was the most senior Sunni Muslim politician in Iraq and his case has sparked a political crisis.