BAGHDAD (AP) — The terror trial of Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice
president was postponed Thursday as his lawyers appealed to have
parliament create a special court to hear the case that has touched off a
political crisis and could deepen the nation's sectarian divide.
Tariq al-Hashemi, one of the nation's highest-ranking Sunni
politicians, was not in court to face charges that he ran death squads
that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims.
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