- Associated Press - Thursday, November 1, 2012

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court has convicted the country’s Sunni vice president on charges of instigating bodyguards to assassinate a senior government official and sentenced him to death.

Thursday’s verdict was the second death sentence for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi in less than two months, both delivered in absentia since he is in exile in Turkey. Al-Hashemi fled Iraq in December 2011, when the Shiite led-government accused him of playing a role in numerous attacks

He has denied the charges.

The criminal court in Baghdad also sentenced al-Hashemi’s son-in-law to death on the same charges.

Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar says the two suspects instigated bodyguards to kill an official by sticking a bomb to his car.

Al-Hashemi’s attorney, Muayad Obeid al-Ezzi, said he was not informed of the hearing or verdict.