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Old 11-30-2004, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default U.S. Group to File Iraq War Crimes Case in Germany

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp..._warcrime_dc_2

BERLIN (Reuters) - Lawyers acting for a U.S. advocacy group will Tuesday file war crimes charges in Germany against senior U.S. administration officials for their alleged role in torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

"German law in this area is leading the world," Peter Weiss, vice president of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a human rights group, was quoted as saying in Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper's Tuesday edition.

According to the group, German law allows war criminals to be investigated wherever they may be living.

Those to be named in the case to be filed at Germany's Federal Prosecutors Office include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Central Intelligence Agency chief George Tenet and eight other officials.

The group is due to present details of its case at several news conferences Tuesday, according to invitations faxed to media organizations.
I don't see how people like Rumsfeld and Tenet are being named in the case unless the torture was carried out under their direct orders. Sorta reminds me of the 'Kerry in charge or POWs torture' idea.
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Old 11-30-2004, 03:14 PM   #2
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Presumably they'll try to link the memo that suggested that the Geneva Convention didn't apply to Iraq as regards to torture. There's a tenuous circumstancial link between that and events at Abu Ghraib. Considering they'll never get any other evidence out of the Bush Administration, I'd say they have zero chance of actually proving their case.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:32 PM   #3
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Germany does have the most experience as war criminals, so it makes sense that they would be the ones to sit in judgement.
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