An American-led group of civil rights activists is asking German authorities to prosecute former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the alleged abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. The Center for Constitutional Rights hopes German prosecutors will take up the case under a universal jurisdiction law.
The move is backed by Janis Kaplinsky, the former officer, who ran US prisons in Iraq. She was relieved of her command over the Abu Ghraib scandal. The complaint is on behalf of 11 Iraqi citizens who were held at the jails. 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 by email but declined to say when it would take a decision on whether to pursue it.