Deputy Interior Minister: Baghdad formally requested extradition of Kurdish Hashemi
08/01/2012 19:38

Baghdad / Orr News

Said Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal, deputy interior minister for intelligence that Baghdad formally requested the authorities of the Kurdistan Regional delivery of Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi and 12 other people to face charges led death squads.

And Kamal told Reuters that Iraqi authorities sent a request the day before to the Interior Ministry and security forces in the Kurdistan region to hand over al-Hashemi and 12 others with him to the judicial authorities in Baghdad.

The Iraqi government issued an arrest warrant for a prominent Sunni politician mid-December after a few days of the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq, triggering a political crisis threatening the fragile coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the author of the parties, Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish.

The move to arrest al-Maliki al-Hashemi and his request of the Iraqi parliament to isolate the Sunni Vice President Saleh al-Mutlaq, a few days before a series of bombings in parts of Baghdad, a predominantly Shiite killed at least 72 people, reviving fears of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq.

And went Hashemi, who has denied the accusations against him to Iraqi Kurdistan after the central government has sought to arrest him. He said he will not get a fair trial in Baghdad.

Confirmed that the judicial authorities in the Kurdish government that it had received the request to hand over al-Hashemi, but declined to comment if they turn him or not. Dadiar Hamid said the Judicial Council spokesman, told reporters in Arbil, "Today, we received an arrest warrant for Tareq al-Hashemi with a travel ban ... due to the sensitivity of the case, we not only have this statement and we bring you the details later."

Kamal said that this is not the first time that Baghdad requesting extradition of suspects and fugitives. He added that the Kurdish regional authorities in responding to the request by virtue of the continuous cooperation in this area.

But he said at the same time that the central government has no right to send security forces to arrest al-Hashemi in Kurdistan, which has its army and police separated from the central government.

He said the province has a special status because it has the text of the private security forces in the Iraqi constitution. Can not enter the Kurds to arrest suspects in Iraq, as the government can not arrest wanted men in central Kurdistan. He added that this issue should be solved politically and through mutual cooperation.