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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rights groups asked Spain court to investigate US 'torture'
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On December 14, 2010, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) filed a joint expert opinion [PDF] urging a Spanish court to investigate former Bush administration officials for alleged violations of the Geneva Conventions. The joint complaint included allegations against former Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attorneys John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who co-authored the controversial "Torture Memo" [PDF] which authorized the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against Guantanamo Bay detainees in August 2002. The groups petitioned the Spanish court for action because of a "culture of impunity" in the US, which cleared Bush administration lawyers of wrongdoing in February 2010. The DOJ decision not to prosecute the officials overruled an internal report concluding that the memos constituted "intentional professional misconduct."

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Learn more about Spain, the laws governing torture, and the controversy surrounding John Yoo and Jay Bybee from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the "torture memos" from JURIST Guest Columnist Shayana Kadidal in Forum.

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