Advocacy Group to Sue Rumsfeld and Others Over Abu Ghraib

Raw Story reports that the Center for Constitutional Rights, the advocacy group that brought the successful lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the Guantanamo detainees, is ready to strike again. The group will file suit in Germany Tuesday against Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet and others seeking an investigation into the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. According to the organization's press release:

In a historic effort to hold high-ranking U.S. officials accountable for brutal acts of torture including the widely publicized abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib, on Tuesday November 30, 2004, CCR and four Iraqi citizens will file a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office at the Karlsruhe Court, Karlsruhe, Germany. Under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction suspected war criminals may be prosecuted irrespective of where they are located.

The four Iraqis were victims of gruesome crimes including severe beatings, sleep and food deprivation, hooding and sexual abuse. (Further details of the treatment of the complainants will be provided after the filing.)

The U. S. officials charged include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Former CIA Director George Tenet, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Dr. Steven Cambone, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, Major General Walter Wojdakowski, Major General Geoffrey Miller, Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry L. Phillabaum, Colonel Thomas Pappas, and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Jordan.

Check the CCR site in a day or two as it will have a link where you can write the German prosecutor in support of the investigation. The more world-wide pressure brought, the better, says CCR.

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