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Iraq denies claim by fugitive VP of torture deaths

Sameer N. Yacoub reports for The Associated Press:

Iraq's judiciary denied on Wednesday the latest allegations by the country's fugitive vice president that two more of his bodyguards were tortured to death by security forces during a terrorism investigation last month.

The office of Tariq al-Hashemi, Iraq's top Sunni official, said the men died during an interrogation, according to a statement released late Tuesday. It did not give their names, identifying them only by their initials, A.H. and A.A.

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