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)

(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.

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Apr 15, 2009 2:12 AM CDT
I'm getting a little tired of right wing windbags calling me a traitor when George W Bush wiped his ass with the American flag and constitution for 8 years.
Apr 14, 2009 8:24 AM CDT
"IF Americans commit crimes, they are accountable to AMERICAN justice." Not when the crimes occur outside of the united states and violate international law. Case in point: the Bush admins whole argument against Saddam was he broke international law. He violated no Iraqi laws.
Apr 14, 2009 5:47 AM CDT
I'm thankful we live in a world where ALL can be held accountable for their deeds. The list will hopefully grow....