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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:09 AM
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Spanish Judge Drops Case Against Bush Lawyers
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Spanish Judge Drops Case Against Bush Lawyers

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New York and Madrid, April 14, 2011 Yesterday a Spanish judge chose to dismiss a politically charged case against six former Bush administration officials for their part in creating a legal framework that permitted the torture of detainees held in U.S. custody. Judge Eloy Velasco made his decision claiming the U.S. would conduct its own investigation, freeing Spain from the obligation of investigating under its universal jurisdiction law. He based this on a mere seven-page submission by the U.S. despite its clear statement that the Department of Justice has concluded that it is not appropriate to bring criminal cases with respect to any other executive branch officials, including those named in the complaint, who acted in reliance on memoranda during the course of their involvement with the policies and procedures for detention and interrogation.

In a statement, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents Guantanamo detainees and other victims of the U.S. torture program and has been involved in the two cases in Spain, said, This decision is a cowardly political act by a judge afraid to pursue justice under his countrys own laws. He is hiding behind the fig leaf of the U.S.s scant seven-page response, but the submission made clear the U.S. has no intention of investigating these crimes or holding higher-level officials accountable for torture. As we saw from the WikiLeaks cables, the U.S. has been pressuring Spain to drop the case and interfering with the independence of judges. A second U.S. torture case remains open in Spain after a higher court ruled it should continue on February 25. Judge Velasco asked for opposing views but then issued his decision without even looking at our detailed submission refuting the U.S. claims. We will fight this decision and continue to demand accountability for torture.

The Center has made numerous submissions in the case, as well as in the second U.S. torture case that remains open before a different Spanish court.

The named defendants in the case are torture memo authors Jay Bybee and John Yoo, and David Addington, Douglas Feith, William Haynes and Alberto Gonzales.

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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:12 AM
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1. K&R. nt
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:55 AM
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2. I wonder what indication this judge has that the U.S. is capable of such an investigation?
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:03 AM
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3. These bastards belong in jail where they can't be a threat to...
humanity anymore.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:20 AM
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4. I don't think anyone could have anticipated this! nt
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 02:46 PM
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5. Palm Sunday/Passover kick...
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