Donald Rumsfeld to be charged with war crimes in France

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Donald Rumsfeld to be charged with war crimes in France

Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:18 am

http://wor.ldne.ws/node/8288

"Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got an unpleasant surprise during his visit to France today when human rights groups filed a complaint with the Paris Prosecutor before the “Court of First Instance” (Tribunal de Grande Instance) charging the chief architect of President George W. Bush's "war on terror" with ordering and authorizing torture."


http://www.fidh.org/spip.php?article4831

"French courts therefore have an obligation under the Convention against Torture to prosecute individuals responsible for acts of torture if they are present on French territory. This will be the only case filed while he is in the country, which makes the obligations to investigate and prosecute under international law extremely strong.

Rumsfeld’s presence on French territory gives French courts jurisdiction to prosecute him for having ordered and authorized torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere.

In addition, having resigned from his position of U.S. Secretary of Defense a year ago, Rumsfeld can no longer try to claim immunity as a head of state or government official."


And, the testimony of one General Janis Karpinsky (for the prosecution :) )

http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/doc_20_-_Ka ... timony.pdf
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Postby dogmeat » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:14 pm

Would be quite awesome if he was convicted for this, but the chances of a custodial sentence are a little low eh?

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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:47 am

If he manages to flee the country, yes, chances are low. But the prosecutors are doing their damndest to get their claws into him before he can scoot, though.
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