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Spain set to drop Guantanamo torture probe

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A Spanish investigation into alleged torture of inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp is less likely to go ahead following the recommendation of the country’s attorney general.

A Spanish human rights group had asked for six top officials in the former Bush administration to be investigated. But Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido said no probe could go ahead if it did not concern those physically responsible for abusing prisoners. He added that the Spanish High Court should not become “a toy” for groups wanting to draw attention to their political agenda. Conte-Pumpido’s opinion on the matter was sought by Spanish High Court super judge Baltasar Garzon. Garzon will ultimately decide whether or not to launch the investigation. He issued an arrest warrant for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998, against the advice of the Attorney General at the time.