Iraq's Shiite-led government has formally demanded that authorities in the semiautonomous Kurdish region hand over the country's top Sunni official, who is wanted on terrorism charges.
A judicial spokesman for the Kurds, Dadyar Hameed, said Sunday they had received the request, but he declined to say whether authorities would comply.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi had been charged with organizing death squads to assassinate prominent figures several years ago. But al-Hashemi traveled in December to the Kurdish north, where federal authorities cannot arrest him.
He has denied the allegations and says he cannot get a fair trial in Baghdad.