NEW YORK - November 29 - In a historic effort to hold high ranking U.S. officials accountable for brutal acts of torture including the widely publicized abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib, on Tuesday, November 30, 2004, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and four Iraqi citizens will file a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutors Office at the Karlsruhe Court, Karlsruhe, Germany. Under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, suspected war criminals may be prosecuted irrespective of where they are located.
The four Iraqis were victims of gruesome crimes including electric shock, severe beatings, sleep and food deprivation, hooding and sexual abuse. (Further details of the treatment of the complainants will be provided at the press conference.)
The U.S. officials charged include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Former CIA Director George Tenet, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Dr. Steven Cambone, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, Major General Walter Wojdakowski, Major General Geoffrey Miller, Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry L. Phillabaum, Colonel Thomas Pappas, and Lieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Jordan.
WHAT: News Teleconference
WHEN: Tuesday, November 30, at 12:00 PM
WHO: Attorneys with the Center for Constitutional Rights and attorneys calling in from Berlin including CCRs Michael Ratner and Peter Weiss, and Wolfgang Kaleck of Germany.
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