Thursday, January 4, 2007

Rumsfeld Tops War crimes List

In Search of a Criminal: Donald Rumsfeld's Name Tops the List of Accused of War Crimes By Alexia Garamfalvi December 25, 2006 (Legal Times)

No one thinks that Donald Rumsfeld will end his days in a German prison. Or that there is any real chance he will have to face trial in Germany over allegations that he authorized policies leading to the torture of prisoners at U.S. detention facilities in Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

But that doesn’t mean that a complaint filed in Germany last month won’t have some ripple effects. The complaint asks a federal prosecutor there to begin an investigation, and ultimately a criminal prosecution, of the former secretary of defense and other U.S. officials for their roles in the abuses. “Rumsfeld is no longer untouchable,” says Wolfgang Kaleck, the German lawyer who filed the complaint along with the New York-based
Center for Constitutional Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights.

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