1. IN EXILE

    Iraqi VP Sentenced to Death

    In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi appeals court has rejected a request to have President Jalal Talabani testify in the terror trial against the nation's Sunni vice president. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    Karim Kadim / AP Photo

    The Sunni vice president of Iraq was found guilty of running hit squads against Shiites and security forces in the country and sentenced to death in absentia Sunday. Tariq al-Hashemi has denied the charges against him and is in exile in Turkey, where he fled earlier this year. Former bodyguards for al-Hashemi said he ordered and paid them to carry out attacks against his enemies. Al-Hashemi has been accused of having a hand in 150 violent plots over a six-year period. On Sunday the vice president was convicted along with his son-in-law in two murders and acquitted in a third case.

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