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Lawyers to File Criminal Charges against Rumsfeld, Gonzales in Spain

Posted by stoptorture on 30th April 2007

A few days after a German federal prosecutor dismissed charges against Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, and Co., lawyers for the victims of torture in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo announced that they would continue the fight for justice in Spain. Reuters has the story. Der Spiegel reports that CCR‘s president, Michael Ratner, said: “There is no safe haven for Rumsfeld. … If the Germans aren’t bold enough then we’ll try in Spain.”

In a display of impeccable timing, German federal prosecutor Monika Harms dismissed the case on April 27, 2007, the eve of the third anniversary of the Abu Ghraib scandal. Even more remarkable is the fact that the press completely failed to make the connection. In her dismissal, Harms claimed there was no indication that the case against the Attorney General and former Secretary of Defense would not be investigated and tried in U.S. courts.

Three years later, impunity reigns supreme.

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