Former U.S. Defense Secretary Sued for Violation of Human Rights
Friday, 14/01/2011 13:10 pm |
A U.S. rights group has filed a lawsuit against former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his involvement in the torture of former detainees at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raised the cases of torture on Thursday (13 / 1) after an appeal to the court in the District of Columbia, claiming that Rumsfeld and senior U.S. military officials is aware of cases of torture involving nine prisoners between the years 2002 and 2004 in American prisons in both countries, AFP reported.
The case was initially rolling in December 2006, but later withdrawn by the federal court in March 2007 on the grounds that the former secretary of defense and military echelons ata other Americans are immune from prosecution.
The human rights group based in the U.S. It states that according to the constitution and international law, torture is strictly prohibited and obliged commanders to act when they knew or should have known of the violation.
The ACLU argued that Rumsfeld (78 years) and other military officials repeatedly have been told about the abuse and torture at detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan by the International Red Cross and other reports and complaints by human rights organizations, so that he and other military officials directly responsible for violations.
This group is more touching in a case involving a prisoner identified as Ali.V, adding that the detainees, who were later released without charges, "beaten, tortured and sexually abused."
Meanwhile, the three judges in an appellate court in the District of Columbia said the case had little chance to succeed.
This prosecution statement came at the human rights activist groups, each wearing a black veil and orange-colored clothing representing the detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay held a demonstration in front of the courtroom on Thursday to protest the omission of cases that have occurred.
Rumsfeld is currently preparing the launch of his memoirs book entitled "The Known and Unknown", which will be circulated in the U.S. on 8 February. (Fq / prtv)
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