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IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT REJECTS GUILTY VERDICT BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE EXECUTED
September 11 2012
Ankara, Turkey – Iraq is a nation that will likely be beset by troubles for many years to come. First and foremost is of course the violence which continues despite the departure of American troops, nut the biggest problem the country faces, the one which is really at the root of all the other troubles, is the nascent and troubled government.
After all, the country had been ruled for decades by brutal dictators who violently crushed any notion of political dissidence or even contrasting opinion. That in turn has given the nation no strong or even sound politicians to run the country, leaving them with the best of the rest.
One of those people is Tariq al-Hashemi who has been on the run after being charged with running death squads. Now a court in back home has found him guilty of doing what it is he was accused of doing, something he soundly rejects. It’s not clear at this point if Hashemi is rejecting the verdict because he feels he is innocent or because he doesn’t want to go to jail be executed, the latter of which would be a reasonable concern.
“The verdict is unjust, politicised, illegitimate and I will not recognize it But I put it as a medal of honour on my chest because it was Maliki, not anyone else, behind it. I'm proud that it is Maliki, and not anyone else, to target me,” said Hashemi from his hiding place in Turkey. “The death sentence is a price I have to pay due to my love for my country and my loyalty to my people. I reiterate that I'm innocent, and am ready to stand before a fair judicial system and not a corrupt one that is under Maliki's influence.”
Hashemi will apparently not appeal the verdict because it would require him to return to Iraq which would be difficult to escape from again.
At least ten of Hashemi’s former bodyguard testified that he had ordered them to carry out murders, something he has also rejected because everyone just lies about him.
“I can certainly understand why he is trying to avoid returning. I mean the death penalty is no joke, that’s for sure, that kind of thing can get you killed,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “Obviously he feels this is politically or ethnically motivated or something, whatever gets him out from under the executioner’s axe I suppose. I doubt that will work because they sure do like killing folks in Iraq as Hashemi has proven.”
Technically Hashemi is still Vice President which is weird since he has been in Turkey since December. He has not been charged with job abandonment which also carries with it a death sentence.
“Obviously if he goes back he is going to be executed and/or will have to start working again which are both things he clearly does not want to happen. I guess he shouldn’t have ordered those people dead or he shouldn’t have been an ethnic minority. I mean all of that is really his fault and he can’t blame anyone else for it,” continued Hander. “I mean Iraqi justice has to take a path that is independent of legislative interference. That is one of the precepts of democratic society and clearly something Iraq still needs to learn. Also murder, democratic societies don’t like murder. They need to learn that too.”
Hashemi is reportedly quite comfortable in Turkey and has no plans to leave anytime soon.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent