Spain: No Guantánamo torture probe

April 20, 2011

Six senior Bush administration officials accused of creating a legal framework for the torture of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay prison will not, for now, be investigated by a Spanish court, the Associated Press reported last week:

A Spanish judge has thrown out a request that he probe . Judge Eloy Velasco said in a four-page ruling issued Wednesday that the United States has told Spain the U.S. government is holding investigations of its own. Velasco said for this reason, Spain cannot apply its doctrine of universal jurisdiction, which holds that, under some circumstances, crimes allegedly committed in other countries can be prosecuted in Spain’s National Court.

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