October 28, 2007

Rumsfeld May Face French Trial

from the NY Times:

Torture Complaint Filed Against Rumsfeld
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 26, 2007
PARIS (AP) -- American and European rights groups filed a legal complaint in France accusing former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay.
The complaint was filed with the Paris prosecutor's office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit, according to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and two Paris-based groups, the International Federation of Human Rights and the League of Human Rights.
…The complaint will now be examined by French prosecutors, who will decide whether it is well-founded and should be pursued or whether it should be rejected. The Paris prosecutor's office said on Friday night that it was checking whether Rumsfeld is protected by any sort of diplomatic immunity and whether he was still in France.
… Filed Thursday, the complaint cites various documents, including memos from Rumsfeld, internal reports and testimony from former U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski -- the one-time commander of U.S. military prisons in Iraq -- to bolster its claims. It asks the prosecutor to open an inquiry and take Rumsfeld into custody.


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