Raw Story is reporting that a criminal complaint of â€œtortureâ€ was filed in a French court against former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. Hereâ€™s a quote:
Rumsfeld, in Paris for a discussion sponsored by the magazine Foreign Policy, was tracked down by representatives of a coalition of … human rights groups, who informed the architect of the US invasion of Iraq that they had submitted a torture suit against him in French court.
The filed documents allege that during his tenure, the former defense secretary â€œordered and authorizedâ€ torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US militaryâ€™s detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The head of one of the groups responsible for bringing the charges, the US-based Center for Constitutional Rights, told RAW STORY today by phone that the suit was a long time coming.
Joined by activists, attorneys for the human rights groups caught up with Rumsfeld on his way to a breakfast meeting. â€œHe was walking down the street with just one person,â€ said Ratner.
â€œAround 20 campaigners gave Rumsfeld a rowdy welcome…yelling â€˜murderer,â€™ waving a banner and trying to push into the building,â€ reports AFP.
Since neither President Bush nor the U.S. Congress will hold Rumsfeld accountable for violating the Geneva Conventions, perhaps the courts in France will.