Iraqi VP Hashemi sentenced to death by hanging

Fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on Sunday after he was convicted of murder in a ruling likely to further exacerbate sectarian tension.

Hashemi, a Sunni, fled the country earlier this year after authorities accused him of running a death squad. His case triggered a crisis in the power-sharing government among Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish political blocs.

“The high criminal court issued a death sentence by hanging against Tareq al-Hashemi after he was convicted,” Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, a spokesman for the judiciary council said.

Hashemi and his son-in-law were both found guilty of two murders. Under Iraqi law, a conviction is followed immediately by sentencing. The death sentence can be appealed.

Since the last American troops left in December, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government has been hamstrung by political deadlock among the Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs.

Upswings in political tension are often accompanied by a surge in violence as Sunni Islamists and a local al Qaeda wing seek to stir up the kind of sectarian killing that dragged Iraq to the edge of civil war in 2006-2007.

Bombings and attacks across Iraq killed at least 58 people on Sunday, including a bombing outside the French consular office in the southern city of Nassiriya.

Hashemi, who is in Turkey, has accused Maliki of conducting a political witch-hunt against Sunni opponents, but the government said it was a judicial case.

After the fall of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and the rise of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority to power, many Iraqi Sunnis feel they have been sidelined. Sunni politicians say Maliki is failing to live up to agreements to share government power among the parties.

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    Ho Hum. They are all ‘death-squad’ leaders.
    Let him spend time in one of Assad’s jails instead of hanging him.
    If they find in future it was simply a ‘witch-hunt’, he might come out with some meat on his bones … unlike the pack of 158 they ‘let out’ last week in Damascus to stagger shoeless down a street to ‘freedom’.

    • breakthemould

       I cannot for the life of me why almost all of the leaders in the Arab world only know death. He who lives by the sward dies by the sword is apt here. Saddam was killing then he got death, the whole lot. What is wrong with justice first, court and fail play. An eye for an eye makes both person blind. I think Hashemi was wise to run away as he was sure in his mind that it will be death. Syria had it’s share of military coup d’tat pre Assad and they almost always execute the leader in charge as a first step of a new regime. But after some 70 years you would think that some one learns a lesson. And death does not solve the problem as some one else will come along yet with another scheme and gets rid of the ones in charge. Elections?, let the people have their say is foreign language in Arab countries. Death every one understands, particularly the stupid ones.

      • nayyashAl3arab

        i do not think people have anything to say anywhere on earth; if the so called democracy was useful it would have been banned a long time ago. i strongly believe that a ton of cattle has more value than a ton of human beings. My own definition of democracy is: it is the art of letting people of no importance feel important. This is one way of holding people from rebellion & revolution. Police in so called democratic countries has a role in defending the establishment rather than defending the citizen; actually it protects the establishment from the wrath of the people. However the most important hypnotiser against rebellion & revolution in western “democratic” countries is avoidance of hunger. People will rebel when their children are hungry. “Democracies” found cheap food alternatives to avoid hunger: the so called white products or products that are not advertised for. These are not found in so called dictatorships. That’s why dictatorships ought to resort to physically liquidating their opponents when they constitute a danger to their reign. This physical liquidation of ennemies also exists in so called democracies but is more covert: they call it “raison d’état”. Illegal political liquidation of enemies does  exist in “democracies” too.

        • breakthemould

          “Why Nations Fail” is a very interesting book. Institutions is the answer. Countries who have good institutions (democratic) manage to stop the rich and powerful from crushing the poor. This by stopping the few from stealing the nations wealth. There is not better example right now than the present Syrian regime. Syria by having dictatorship allowed the mafia to take all. Winners take all if you like to live in such countries then you can be assured of permanent poverty.

        • nayyashAl3arab

          i advise you a book by raymond aron: comment finissent les democraties; how democracies end up. maffia is more powerful in usa europe and russia than in dictatorships. only a naive believes that democracy protects the poor from the rich; if you observe nowadays democracies you will notice extreme polarisation of the society with around 1 per cent rich, 7 to 15 per cent middle class and the rest poor. democracies have killed the middle class. i believe it is the end of the world order as it is now and the birth of a new world order, an american one; how much “democracy” in it i do not know but certainly with the commercialisation of terrorism by the west for so many decades i do not anticipate there will be much freedom in it; i believe mankind is getting more and more degraded; more so by people like us, who had a great culture but were not happy with it and migrated to the west and said wow, this is what i want, this is my dream land, this is my paradise, till they discover the west is more rotten than the east, that hypocrisy is woven around a core of dictatorship of the west, dictatorship for money rather than for overt power, cause money is covert power and if you got money u got power. Mind you historically people used to go from west to east seeking for light, for the sun rises in the east and sets down in the west or as salafi hadith say: the sun sets in a mud of water

      • dateam

        but hold on he was wise to run away because he was obviously guilty then? im sure its not made up is it? his bodyguards admitted to it…and its still happening in iraq…the problem in the middle east is political coverage is given based on sectarianism…the same old crap…if he was shiite he would have run to iran probably….and the christians? well theres not many of them left anymore because of the …Upswings in political tension are often accompanied by a surge in violence as Sunni Islamists and a local al Qaeda wing seek to stir up the kind of sectarian killing that dragged Iraq to the edge of civil war in 2006-2007

  • 5thDrawer

    Ho Hum. They are all ‘death-squad’ leaders.
    Let him spend time in one of Assad’s jails instead of hanging him.
    If they find in future it was simply a ‘witch-hunt’, he might come out with some meat on his bones … unlike the pack of 158 they ‘let out’ last week in Damascus to stagger shoeless down a street to ‘freedom’.

    • breakthemould

       I cannot for the life of me why almost all of the leaders in the Arab world only know death. He who lives by the sward dies by the sword is apt here. Saddam was killing then he got death, the whole lot. What is wrong with justice first, court and fail play. An eye for an eye makes both person blind. I think Hashemi was wise to run away as he was sure in his mind that it will be death. Syria had it’s share of military coup d’tat pre Assad and they almost always execute the leader in charge as a first step of a new regime. But after some 70 years you would think that some one learns a lesson. And death does not solve the problem as some one else will come along yet with another scheme and gets rid of the ones in charge. Elections?, let the people have their say is foreign language in Arab countries. Death every one understands, particularly the stupid ones.

      • nayyashAl3arab

        i do not think people have anything to say anywhere on earth; if the so called democracy was useful it would have been banned a long time ago. i strongly believe that a ton of cattle has more value than a ton of human beings. My own definition of democracy is: it is the art of letting people of no importance feel important. This is one way of holding people from rebellion & revolution. Police in so called democratic countries has a role in defending the establishment rather than defending the citizen; actually it protects the establishment from the wrath of the people. However the most important hypnotiser against rebellion & revolution in western “democratic” countries is avoidance of hunger. People will rebel when their children are hungry. “Democracies” found cheap food alternatives to avoid hunger: the so called white products or products that are not advertised for. These are not found in so called dictatorships. That’s why dictatorships ought to resort to physically liquidating their opponents when they constitute a danger to their reign. This physical liquidation of ennemies also exists in so called democracies but is more covert: they call it “raison d’état”. Illegal political liquidation of ennemies does  exist in “democracies” too.

        • breakthemould

          “Why Nations Fail” is a very interesting book. Institutions is the answer. Countries who have good institutions (democratic) manage to stop the rich and powerful from crushing the poor. This by stopping the few from stealing the nations wealth. There is not better example right now than the present Syrian regime. Syria by having dictatorship allowed the mafia to take all. Winners take all if you like to live in such countries then you can be assured of permanent poverty.

        • nayyashAl3arab

          i advise you a book by raymond aron: comment finissent les democraties; ow democracies end up. maffia is more powerful in usa europe and russia. only a naive believes that democracy protects the poor from the rich; if you obeserve nowadays democracies you will notice extreme polarisation of the society with around 1 per cent rich, 7 to 15 per cent middle class and the rest poor. democracies have killed the middle class. i believe it is the end of the world order as it is now and the birth of a new world order, an american one; how much “democracy” in it i do not know but certainly with the commercialisation of terrorism by the west for so many decades i do not anticipate there will be much freedom in it; i believe mankind is getting more and more degraded; more so by people like us, who had a great culture but were not hppy with it and migrated to the west and said wow, this is wha

      • dateam

        but hold on he was wise to run away because he was obviously guilty then? im sure its not made up is it? his bodyguards admitted to it…and its still happening in iraq…the problem in the middle east is political coverage is given based on sectarianism…the same old crap…if he was shiite he would have run to iran probably….and the christians? well theres not many of them left anymore because of the …Upswings in political tension are often accompanied by a surge in violence as Sunni Islamists and a local al Qaeda wing seek to stir up the kind of sectarian killing that dragged Iraq to the edge of civil war in 2006-2007

  • The only reason Mr.Hashemi is being singled out is his opposition of British Mullahs total immersion in Iraqi politics and  constant meddling in iraqi people’s affairs . As long as Mullahs mercenary  , the iraqi prime minister is at helm.Mr. Hashemi has no chance of survival.Sunnis must be eliminated at all costs .why not start the at he very top ?. As long as these  M I 6 mullahs are hovering over the lives of the iraqis , the sunnis will never see the daylight in this once proud country

  • The only reason Mr.Hashemi is being singled out is his opposition of British Mullahs total immersion in Iraqi politics and  constant meddling in iraqi people’s affairs . As long as Mullahs mercenary  , the iraqi prime minister is at helm.Mr. Hashemi has no chance of survival.Sunnis must be eliminated at all costs .why not start the at he very top ?. As long as these  M I 6 mullahs are hovering over the lives of the iraqis , the sunnis will never see the daylight in this once proud country

  • The only reason Mr.Hashemi is being singled out is his opposition of British Mullahs total immersion in Iraqi politics and  constant meddling in iraqi people’s affairs . As long as Mullahs mercenary  , the iraqi prime minister is at helm.Mr. Hashemi has no chance of survival.Sunnis must be eliminated at all costs .why not start the at he very top ?. As long as these  M I 6 mullahs are hovering over the lives of the iraqis , the sunnis will never see the daylight in this once proud country