Turkey will 'not extradite Hashemi'
09.05.2012 - 23:29
Interpol has issued an international call for the arrest of Hashemi, one of Iraq's top Sunni Arab officials, on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks.
In response, a Turkish senior official said on 9 May that Turkey will not extradite Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.
Later, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Turkey will not extradite someone whom they have supported since the very beginning.
"It is of course important that Hashemi is named among those wanted by Interpol but we also have demands of the Iraqi government," said Bozdag.
Referring to leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) holed up in northern Iraq said that "the terrorist organisation and its supporters are there... We also want them but so far we have been unable to get a positive response from the Iraqi government."
He also said that Hashemi -Hashemi, who has been staying in Istanbul since 9 April, is currently in Turkey for health reasons . Hashemiin, in a statement posted on his website on 9May, stated that he was ready to appear in court if his security and a fair trial could be guaranteed.