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6 years ago  ::  May 22, 2012 - 11:44AM #1
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Attention International Law Folks! Here it is . . . a clear violation . . . let her rip!

Turkey says it won't hand over Iraq VP despite Interpol arrest warrant

Turkey says it has no plans to send Iraq's vice-president, who is currently in Turkey, back to Iraq for prosecution even after Interpol placed him on its most-wanted list.

Iraq has charged Tariq al-Hashemi with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims. Mr. al-Hashemi, a Sunni, says the charges are false and motivated by the political enmity of the Shiite-led leadership in Baghdad.

Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said Wednesday that Mr. al-Hashemi is in Turkey for medical treatment and that Turkey would not extradite someone to whom it has provided support.

story background:

Bodyguard says Iraqi VP paid him to gun down official who was ‘annoyance’
A bodyguard for Iraq’s fugitive vice-president testified Tuesday that he was paid $3,000 to assassinate a government security official in one of hundreds of death squad killings that authorities link to one of the nation’s highest-ranking Sunni leaders.

The testimony came on the first day of the Iraqi government’s terror trial against Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, who was not in court. He denies the charges – that for years he ordered killings of Shiite pilgrims and government officials – and says they are politically motivated.
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So should turkey honor its treaty obligations?

If not, why not?

If they do not, doesn't that make them an international pariah to be condemend for flauting International Law?

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