Iraqi vice president sentenced to death
on 09/09/2012 14:07:37
The criminal court in Baghdad handed down the sentence against Tariq al-Hashemi today.
Iraq's Shiite-led government announced the charges against the vice president in December as the last US troops were withdrawing from the country.
Al-Hashemi has been in exile since then. Under Iraqi law, he could receive a retrial if he returns to the country to face the charges.
Al-Hashemi has denied the charges, saying they are part of a political vendetta against him. He is one of Iraq's highest ranking Sunni officials.