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Iraq issues arrest warrant for vice president Hashemi

Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi speaks to Reuters during an interview in Baghdad June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash/Files

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a senior security official said on Monday, after the government obtained confessions linking him to what the official described as terrorist activities.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Major General Adel Daham, told a news conference that confessions by suspects identified as Hashemi’s bodyguards linked the vice president to suspected killings and attacks.

The arrest warrant was signed by five judges, Daham added.

Reporting by Rania el Gamal; Editing by Serena Chaudhry and Maria Golovnina