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New Complaint against Rumsfeld issued
War Crimes Complaint Filed on Behalf of 11 Iraqi Victims and a Guantánamo detainee under Doctrine of Universal Jurisdiction - Rumsfeld Resignation Means He Can No Longer Claim Immunity
November 13, 2006, Berlin, New York, Paris - The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck, filed a criminal complaint in Germany today alleging that high-ranking U.S. civilian and military officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, committed war crimes in Iraq and in the U.S.-controlled Guantánamo Bay prison camp. Additional co-plaintiffs include dozens of international human rights groups from various regions in the world, Nobel Peace Prize winners Aldolfo Perez Esquirel and Martín Almada as well as Theo van Boven, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.
The complete joint press release of RAV, CCR, FIDH and other Civil- and Human Rights Organisations may be found below as well as the new complaint itself. The complaint is supported by a number of affidavits of well- known experts on both, the law and the case. We present the statements of Bill Bowring, Jordan Paust, Ben Davies, Richard Falk, Jules Lobel, und Michael Bothe/ Andreas Fischer- Lescano. Furthermore we publish the testimony of important witnesses: David DeBatto, Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, Janis Karpinski.
CCR provides a website with an english summary of the complaint, an english translation of the full text of the complaint (work in progress) und further information, linked here.
|Expertenbericht_Bowring.pdf|| 95.45 KB|
|Professor Bill Bowring, London: Expert Report for the complaint against Donald Rumsfeld et al. (german)|
|Gutachten_Richard_Falk.pdf|| 136.15 KB|
|Prof. Richard Falk, Santa Barbara: Affidavit on particular legal issues related to the complaint agaings Donald Rumsfeld et al. in Germany (german)|
|Gutachten_Jules_Lobel.pdf|| 130.07 KB|
|Prof. Jules Lobel, Pittsburgh: Affidavit on Direct and Indirect Responsibility of Commanders and Superiors for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity under International Law|
|Gutachten_Bothe_Fischer_Lescano_dt.pdf|| 145.11 KB|
|Prof. Dr. Michael Bothe/ Dr. jur. Andreas Fischer- Lescano, Die Bedeutung völkerrechtlicher Bestrafungspflichten und der völkergewohnheitsrechtlichen Juristdiktions- und Immunitätsregeln für Verfahren nach dem Völkerstrafgesetzbuch.|
|Testimony_DeBatto.pdf|| 40.60 KB|
|Testimony of Former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent David DeBatto|
Complain against Donald Rumsfeld et al., November 14,2006 (german)