Spanish probe of Guantanamo torture

This video from the USA is called TORTURE: From Guantanamo to Chicago Interrogation Rooms.

From AFP news agency:

Spanish judge to probe Guantanamo torture claims

Saturday January 30, 2010

Spain‘s top investigating judge Baltasar Garzon is to probe suspected torture and ill-treatment of inmates at the US prison of Guantanamo Bay, a judical source said Saturday.

The judge will be acting on complaints lodged by a number of associations, focussing on one prisoner, Ahmed Abderraman Hamed, who has Spanish nationality, the source added, confirming a report published in daily El Pais.

Three other detainees, Moroccan Lahcen Ikasrrien, Palestinian Jamiel Abdulatif al-Banna and Libyan Omar Deghayes would also be concerned as they had links with Spain.

In 2005 Spain declared itself competent to investigate any crime committed abroad, but after diplomatic problems the scope of the inquiries was reduced in 2009.

Spanish courts can now deal only with cases that have a clear link with Spain, or cases that are not being investigated in countries where the offences are alleged to have been committed.

Omar Al-Deghayes: My Guantanamo Nightmare: here.

The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected: here.

Aafia speaks out about her ordeal in US custody: here.

The Obama Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has concluded that Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who penned the infamous memos justifying torture under the Bush administration will not be subject to disciplinary action: here.

Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a Federal Court decision ordering Canada’s Conservative government to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Guantanamo Bay detainee and Canadian citizen: here.

This Saturday will mark the eighth year of incarceration without trial of British Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer: here.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid and other Spanish cities on Saturday in a huge show of support for Judge Baltasar Garzon: here.

Bramblings and redwings

This morning, a walk along the Peerlkamplaan.

Two redwings eating berries in a shrub near a window.

This video is about great spotted woodpeckers and bramblings.

A bit further, eleven male and female bramblings in a tree. See also here. And here.

Nuthatch and greenfinch sounds. Three blue tits on a tree. Great tit.

Along the old canal, a grey heron and two wrens.

In the old harbour, the female common pochard, the tufted ducks, and one mute swan are still there. We see the female mandarin duck. Is the male hiding under overhanging branches somewhere?

From the USA: The Wood Duck Aix sponsa is a survivor. Hunted nearly to extinction during early 20th century, careful management procedures and nest box placements have succeeded in raising the population to well over a million: here.