Spain to Indict Gonzales, 'Bush Six' Over Gitmo Torture

Prosecutors seek charges in US officials' Gitmo role

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 14, 2009 8:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Spanish prosecutors will seek charges against Alberto Gonzales and five other Bush-administration officials over their role in torture at Guantanamo, the Daily Beast reports. The prosecutors plan to announce the probe into the so-called Bush Six today at Spain’s central criminal court. “The evidence provided was more than sufficient to justify a more comprehensive investigation,” said a lawyer for the prosecution.

Human rights lawyers had filed a complaint with Judge Baltasar Garzón Real, a human-rights activist, who passed it on to prosecutors; they chose to move forward with it. But they will ask Garzón to recuse himself from the case because he oversaw terror charges against Spaniards held at Guantanamo; pairing the two cases would be “awkward,” they said. American diplomats have been kept up to speed on the proceedings, Scott Horton writes; the US and Spain aim not to let the matter disrupt improving ties.

The sun rises over Guantanamo detention facility, at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nov. 19, 2008.
The sun rises over Guantanamo detention facility, at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nov. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this May 8, 2007 file photo, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales addresses the Detroit Economic Club in Dearborn, Mich.
In this May 8, 2007 file photo, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales addresses the Detroit Economic Club in Dearborn, Mich.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
David Addington, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, right, are members of the 'Bush Six.'
David Addington, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, right, are members of the 'Bush Six.'   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith attends at media conference September 29, 2002 at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan. Feith is one of the 'Bush Six.'
Former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith attends at media conference September 29, 2002 at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan. Feith is one of the 'Bush Six.'   (Getty Images)
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