Iraq stops paying salary of convicted fugitive VP

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 8:05 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says the government has decided to stop paying the salary of the country's fugitive Sunni vice president, a month after he was sentenced to death for terrorism-related crimes.

Iraqi Integrity Commission member Hussein al-Assadi said on Wednesday the government ordered the halt starting immediately. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi was convicted in absentia in September.

Al-Hashemi is one of the nation's highest-ranking Sunni officials. He has denied the terror charges and is in exile in Turkey. A new trial on additional terror charges began last week.

Al-Hashemi was paid a monthly salary of 75 million Iraqi dinars ($60,000). His salary was supposed to have been reduced to about 10 million dinars ($8,500) earlier this year due to budget cuts, but al-Assadi did not know if they'd been enacted.

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