BAGHDAD, Sept 9 (KUNA) -- The Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced Vice
President Tariq Al-Hashimi and chief of his office Ahmed Al-Qahtan for murder
of lawyer Suhad Al-Khafaji and national security officer Talib Balasim.
The prosecutor asked the court to condemn Al-Hashimi for murdering the
lawyer and his aide but acquit him of the charge of killing the security
However, attorneys of the litigation sought his conviction for all these
Prosecution of Al-Hashimi in absentia resumed amid a wave of blasts that
rocked the nation today killing and wounding more than 150 people.
Al-Hashemi, who has fled Iraq, has accused the government of being behind
the case for political purposes. (end)
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