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Rumsfeld Hit With Torture Lawsuit While In Paris

November 8, 2007 by  


Courtesy Dr. Bruce Prescott and Raw Story

Raw Story is reporting that a criminal complaint of “torture” was filed in a French court against former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. Here’s a quote:

Rumsfeld, in Paris for a discussion sponsored by the magazine Foreign Policy, was tracked down by representatives of a coalition of … human rights groups, who informed the architect of the US invasion of Iraq that they had submitted a torture suit against him in French court.

The filed documents allege that during his tenure, the former defense secretary “ordered and authorized” torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military’s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The head of one of the groups responsible for bringing the charges, the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights, told RAW STORY today by phone that the suit was a long time coming.

Joined by activists, attorneys for the human rights groups caught up with Rumsfeld on his way to a breakfast meeting. “He was walking down the street with just one person,” said Ratner.

“Around 20 campaigners gave Rumsfeld a rowdy welcome…yelling ‘murderer,’ waving a banner and trying to push into the building,” reports AFP.

Since neither President Bush nor the U.S. Congress will hold Rumsfeld accountable for violating the Geneva Conventions, perhaps the courts in France will.

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