Monday, November 13, 2006


Time is reporting that Rumsfeld will be prosecuted for war crimes in Germany.
Just days after his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

1 comment:

C.A. said...

Well they tried this a while ago, but the prosecutor decided that U.S. had laws for prosecution of war crimes and so Germany could not invoke international jurisdiction.

The interesting thing about this is that the argument is predicated on the Military Commissions Act of 2006 which makes prosecuting Rumsfeld in the U.S. no longer an option (the retroactive exclusion of acts committed from prosecution for torture).

But the fact that these papers are filed with the German prosecutor doesn't mean that Rummy will get prosecuted. That is the prosecutor's decision.