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Rights group files Rumsfeld complaint in Germany

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An American-led group of civil rights activists is asking the German authorities to prosecute former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the alleged abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons. The Center for Constitutional Rights hopes German prosecutors will take up the case under a universal jurisdiction law.

Rumsfeld, who has come under fire in the US for his handling of the Iraq war, resigned last week after nearly six years in the job. The complaint also names US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, former CIA director George Tenet and high-ranking military officers. Germany’s federal prosecutors’ office confirmed it has received the complaint but declined to say when it would take a decision on whether to pursue it.