Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi
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Iraq VP Tariq al-Hashemi rejects guilty verdict

11 September 2012 Last updated at 02:47 BST

Fugitive Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi has rejected a guilty verdict and death sentence passed on him in absentia as "politically motivated".

In remarks at a press conference in neighbouring Turkey, he launched a stinging attack on the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

On Sunday, an Iraqi court found Hashemi guilty of running death squads.

James Reynolds reports.