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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

"Spanish Court Moves to Investigate U.S. Officials for Torture," Constitutional Law Prof Blog, March 28, 2009.

The Spanish Audencia Nacional, the Spanish national security court, has taken the first steps toward investigating Bush administration officials for authorizing torture at Guantanamo Bay in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture.

The complaint, forwarded by the prosecutor's office to Baltasar Garzon, triggers an investigation of six former officials, including Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, William Haynes, Doug Feith, Jay Bybee, and David Addington, for providing the legal framework for violation of the conventions. According to Harper's, Garzon is "Europe's best known counterterrorism magistrate." He is perhaps best known as the investigative judge who ordered the arrest of Augusto Pinochet.

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