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Iraqiya decides toappeal VP arrest warrant
BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (AKnews) - Iraqiya List will appeal thedecision of the Iraqi judiciary to issue an arrest warrant for Vice PresidentTareq al-Hashemi. Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's party said they believethe televised confessions of the three bodyguards from al-Hasemi's securitydetail were obtained under torture.
The Interior Ministry announced the warrant last night.Al-Hashemi is wanted on charges of terrorism. The bodyguards' confessions saythe Vice President ordered them to carry out assassinations and detonateexplosive devices since 2009. They claim they and their families werethreatened with death if they did not obey.
A member of Iraqiya List Wahda al-Jumaili told AKnews thedecision to arrest al-Hashemi is political and not illegal, expressing hersurprise about the speed in resolving the issue in one day while the truthabout more important issues is still unknown.
One of the detainees, Army Major Ahmad Shawqi, said hisfirst operation was carried out under direct order from Ahmed Qahtan, directorof Hashemi's office, was to set off an explosive device near Mowwal restaurantin Mansour district. The blast's target was the Director-General of RusafaHealth Service. After doing the deed he was thanked by the al-Hashemi who paidhim $3,000 USD (3.5 million IQD).
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