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

Prosecutors seek charges in US officials' Gitmo role
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2009 8:04 AM CDT
The sun rises over Guantanamo detention facility, at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Nov. 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(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.