Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Spanish prosecutors have decided to move forward ahead with a criminal investigation targeting former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five other Bush administration associates over their role in the torture of five Spanish citizens held at Guantánamo Bay.
Their decision is expected to be announced on Tuesday before the Spanish central criminal court, according to Audencia Nacional, in Madrid.
The six defendants in addition to Gonzales include: Federal Appeals Court Judge and former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, University of California law professor and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, former Defense Department general counsel and current Chevron lawyer William J. Haynes II, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff David Addington, and former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith.
All are accused of having given the green light to torture prisoners held in U.S. detention in the so-called “the war on terror.” The case arises in the context of a pending proceeding before the court involving terrorism charges against five Spaniards formerly held at Guantanamo Bay.