ariq al-Hashimi, Iraq's Sunni vice president who fled the country months ago, is rejecting a death sentence, handed to him on Sunday, as "politically motivated." Hashemi, who was blamed for running death squads, gave a press conference from Turkey where he denied the charges and accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of increasing sectarian strife. The death sentence came the same day that a string of violent attacks across Iraq left nearly 80 dead and 270 wounded.
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