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USA/Germany: Complaint filed against former Defence Secretary Rumsfeld for war crimes

On 14 November, several human rights organizations filed a criminal complaint in a German Court on behalf of eleven Iraqis held at Abu-Ghraib and one Afghan detainee held at Guantánamo Bay. The organizations request the German Federal Prosecutor to open an investigation into former Secretary Rumsfeld and other high-ranking US officials for authorizing torture and ill-treatment of detainees. A similar complaint, filed in 2004 concerning abuses at Abu-Ghraib, was dismissed in 2005 on the ground that the US was neither unwilling nor incapable of investigating the alleged abuses.

Complaint 1 (German) Complaint 2 (German)