Turkey refuses to extradite Iraqi vice-president: deputy PM
Turkey will not extradite Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is being tried in absentia in Baghdad accused of running a death squad, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"We will not extradite someone whom we have supported since the very beginning," deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.
His comments came a day after Interpol issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of Hashemi, one of Iraq's top Sunni Arab officials, on suspicion of "guiding and financing terrorist attacks".
"(Hashemi) is currently in Turkey for health reasons," Bozdag said.
|Absolutely. His health could be in danger if he returns to Iraq.|
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