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A message from Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights:

Call on the German Federal Prosecutor to Investigate Rumsfeld and Other

U.S. Officials for War Crimes at Abu Ghraib

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and four Iraqis who were

tortured in U.S. custody have filed a complaint with the German Federal

Prosecutor's Office against high ranking United States civilian and

military commanders over the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere in

Iraq.

We are asking the German prosecutor to launch an investigation: since the

U.S. government is unwilling to open an independent investigation into the

responsibility of these officials for war crimes, and since the U.S. has

refused to join the International Criminal Court, CCR and the Iraqi

victims have brought this complaint in Germany as a court of last resort.

Several of the defendants are stationed in Germany.

Defendants include Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, former CIA

Director George Tenet, Lt. General Ricardo S. Sanchez, Major-General

Walter Wojdakowski, Brig.-General Janis Karpinski, Lt.-Colonel Jerry L.

Phillabaum, Colonel Thomas M. Pappas, Lt.-Colonel Stephen L. Jordan,

Major-General Geoffrey Miller, and Undersecretary of Defense for

Intelligence Stephen Cambone.

German law allows German courts to prosecute for killing, torture, cruel

and inhumane treatment, forcible transfers and sexual coercion such as

occurred at Abu Ghraib. The world has seen the photographs and read the

leaked "torture memos" - we are doing what is necessary when other systems

of justice have failed and seeking to hold officials up the chain of

command responsible for the shameful abuses that occurred.

Please join our effort! The German Prosecutor has discretion to decide

whether to initiate an investigation. It is critical that he hear from

you so he knows that people around the world support this effort. Send a

letter here http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/whatsnew/action/actionAlert2.asp .

(If the above link doesn't work, paste this address into your browser:

http://www.ccr-ny.org/v2/whatsnew/action/actionAlert2.asp. For more

information on the suit, go to www.ccr-ny.org .)

And please forward this message widely!

Sincerely,

Michael Ratner

President

Center for Constitutional Rights

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Canadian Lawyers Charge Bush with Torture

Tuesday November 30 2004

Today in Vancouver, Lawyers Against the War filed torture charges against George W. Bush under the Canadian Criminal Code.

The charges were laid by Gail Davidson, co-chair of Lawyers against the War--LAW, under provisions enacted pursuant to the U.N. Torture Convention, ratified by both Canada and the United States. The charges concern the well known abuses of prisoners held by US Armed Forces in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The charges were accepted by the Justice of the Peace and referred for a hearing to decide whether Bush should be required to appear for trial. The Attorney General of Canada's consent is required within eight days for proceedings to continue, and the question of Bush's diplomatic immunity will have to be resolved by the court.

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LAW is an international group of jurists and others based in Canada with members in 14 countries.

www.lawyersagainstthewar.org

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