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
Spain to Indict Gonzales, 'Bush Six' Over Gitmo Torture
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.
(Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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