Iraq stops paying the salary of convicted fugitive Sunni vice president

An Iraqi official says the government has decided to stop paying the salary of the country's fugitive Sunni vice president, a month after he was sentenced to death for terrorism-related crimes.

Iraqi Integrity Commission member Hussein al-Assadi said on Wednesday the government ordered the halt starting immediately. Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi was convicted in absentia in September.

Al-Hashemi is one of the nation's highest-ranking Sunni officials. He has denied the terror charges and is in exile in Turkey. A new trial on additional terror charges began last week.

Al-Hashemi was paid a monthly salary of 75 million Iraqi dinars ($60,000). His salary was supposed to have been reduced to about 10 million dinars ($8,500) earlier this year due to budget cuts, but al-Assadi did not know if they'd been enacted.