Angry New Yorker

Friday, January 28, 2005
Whew! Glad Rumsfeld Dodged the Bullet Here... and people wonder why international law is considered a joke.
German prosecutor may drop war crimes case against Rumsfeld
Jeannie Shawl at 2:19 PM

German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported Friday that German federal prosecutor Kay Nehm will not pursue war crimes charges against US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile], but German officials are saying that a decision has not yet been made. Criminal charges have been filed against Rumsfeld and other senior officials on behalf of four Iraqi citizens. Rumsfeld is accused of being responsible for the torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. Tagesspiegel reports that Nehm can only pursue the charges in the complaint [English translation, PDF, Center for Constitutional Rights backgrounder] if Germans were suspected of committing crimes or were the victims of crimes. AFP has more.

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