Prosecute Bush, Rumsfeld for torture, UN says

Bush, Rumsfeld, and torture, cartoon by Steve Bell

From AFP news agency:

Bush, Rumsfeld should be pursued for torture: UN official

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BERLIN – The UN’s special torture rapporteur called on the U.S. Tuesday to pursue former president George W. Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

“Judicially speaking, the United States has a clear obligation” to bring proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, in remarks to be broadcast on Germany’s ZDF television Tuesday evening.

He noted Washington had ratified the UN convention on torture which required “all means, particularly penal law” to be used to bring proceedings against those violating it.

Guantanamo trial suspension hailed: here.

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