Iraq: VP Hashemi behind attacks in Iraq

An independent inquiry panel in Iraq had found fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi guilty of running terror squads in the country Press TV reports.

The Supreme Judicial Council said on Thursday al-Hashemi and his employees were behind years of deadly terror operations against security officials and civilians in Iraq.

Al-Hashemi has denied the charges and refused to stand trial in Baghdad.

He has sought refuge in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, with his al-Iraqiya party calling for a hearing in the northern city of Kirkuk — a request flatly turned down by Baghdad.

The independent investigation panel was set up after the government issued an arrest warrant against the vice president in December 2011.

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