Hashemi thanks Turkey's Erdoğan

Hashemi thanks Turkey's Erdoğan

ARBIL - Anatolia News Agency
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said he felt indebted to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his caring for Iraqi democracy and supported the prime minister’s statements.

Al-Hashemi said Erdoğan responded to his calls for help two months ago. “I feel indebted to Erdoğan for making statements on my case. Two months ago I told Erdoğan that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cornered me in the Green Zone and seized my office with armored vehicles and tanks. Erdoğan specially dealt with my case,” al-Hashemi said.

The vice president also said all Iraqi politicians in the future might face the same threat he faced now.

Underlining that Baghdad’s judiciary was in the control of someone else’s hands, al-Hashemi said it was a worrying situation for everyone in Iraq and decisions would not be fair for everyone. “If the judiciary will not be free in Baghdad, it would not be right to be tried in Baghdad and I do not suppose a fair decision would be given in Baghdad,” said the vice president.