BAGHDAD - The Iraqi interior ministry on Sunday asked Kurdish authorities to arrest Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi saying he was planning to flee the country. Hashemi, a member of the secular Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, has been accused by Baghdad of running a death squad. He fled to the autonomous Kurdistan region in December, but authorities there have so far declined to hand him over. “The (Iraqi) interior ministry requested that the interior ministry of the Kurdistan regional government carry out the arrest warrant issued against him and hand him over to judicial authorities,” a statement said.