Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi gestures as he addresses the media in Ankara September 10, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Turkey says will not hand over fugitive Iraqi vice president
Posted : Tuesday, 11 September 2012 04:04AM
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will not hand over Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who faces a death sentence against him in Baghdad, and he can remain in Turkey as long as he needs to, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
"I'll say it very clearly. We will be willing to host Mr. Hashemi as long as he wants, and we will not hand him over," Erdogan told a news conference in the capital Ankara.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall, editing by Diana Abdallah)
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