Iraq asks for Iran's Mediation in Tareq
January 3, 2012
Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi speaks during
a press conference in Erbil, the capital city of
Kurdistan region, Iraq, on December 20, 2011:
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BAGHDAD/TEHRAN, — The Al-Iraqiya
Alliance sent Iraq's Communication Minister Muhammad
Tawfiq Allawi, who is a close relative of Alliance
Leader Iyad Allawi, to Tehran to demand Iranian
officials pick up a mediating role to help resolve
the political crisis in Iraq as the gap is widening
among rival Iraqi groups over the case of former
Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, Iranian Fars News
Tareq al-Hashemi is accused of involvement in
several terrorist operations against Iraq's
parliamentarians and has escaped to the Kurdistan
region. The KRG officials have denied repeated
demands by the Iraqi government, supreme court and
police for the extradition of Hashemi to Baghdad.
Iraq's Arabic al-Nakhil news agency reported on
Monday that the Iraqiya Alliance has sent Muhammad
Tawfiq Allawi to Iran to ask the country start
mediations between Hashemi's pros and foes.
The news agency further pointed out that Iraq's
former Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq also
intended to visit Iran to the same end, but has
received a negative response from Iran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired Mutlaq,
who has intimate relations with Hashemi, only a day
after Maliki accused Hashemi of masterminding
terrorist operations against the country's
officials. Parliament would have to approve the
Member of the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party Seyed Mahmoud
al-Miali told FNA last week that Hashemi's case has
created discord and division among the Al-Iraqiya
adding that while some believe the faction should
support the accused vice-president, others disagree.
Hashemi is accused of masterminding the car bombing
which took place on November 28 and injured a number
of Iraqi parliamentarians.
According to the Iraqi government, evidence pointed
at al-Hashemi's embroilment in the parliament blast
incident after deriving confessions from four
arrested Islamic Party members.
Iraq's Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant
for Hashemi after it found the evidence against him
as to be "genuine" and "substantiating".
Iran had earlier underlined that the case is an
internal issue of Iraq and reiterated that it would
not meddle with Hashemi's issue.
Iranian Envoy to Baghdad Hassan Danayifar rejected
some foreign media reports that Iran has been asked
by Iraqi officials to mediate in Hashemi's case.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that Tariq
al-Hashemi's charges ... should be investigated by
Iraq's judicial authorities…," Danayifar added.
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