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Iraq fugitive VP charged with murdering six judges

BAGHDAD - Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and some of his bodyguards have been charged with murdering six judges and a series of other killings, a judiciary spokesman said on Monday.
Hashemi, one of Iraq's top Sunni Muslim politicians, fled Baghdad in December when the Shi'ite-led central government issued an arrest warrant for him, accusing him of running death squads.He is now in the Turkish capital Istanbul and is not expected to attend the trial when it begins on Thursday.
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