Employees jailed in secret, says Iraq VP
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tareq Al-Hashemi said his bodyguards and other employees are being held in secret prisons and subjected to torture, in an interview broadcast on Monday.
Authorities have charged Hashemi, a Sunni, with running a death squad. He has been hiding out since December in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where the authorities have so far declined to hand him over.
However, members of his bodyguard and employees of his office have been detained in connection with the case.
“All the arrested people from my bodyguards and the employees of my office are being held in secret prisons over which the ministry of justice has no authority, and confessions are being taken from them through torture,” Hashemi said in the speech, which was broadcast on various Iraqi channels.
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