NY group uses German law to spark Abu Ghraib investigation

Harris, Joanne
December 2004
Lawyer;12/6/2004, Vol. 18 Issue 47, p3
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Reports that a legal precedent was set on November 30, 2004 as a New York human rights organization filed a complaint in Germany against U.S. officials over alleged torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Tactic employed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, a not-for-profit legal group; Use of a German law granting universal jurisdiction to ask the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe, Germany to investigate the allegations of abuse; First complaint to be filed under the German Code of Crimes against International Law since its implementation in June 2002.


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