Saturday, April 4, 2015

French Court Investigating U.S. Torture: Summon Former Gitmo Commander

April 2, 2015, Paris/Berlin/New York – Today, in a case seeking to hold U.S. officials accountable for the torture and other serious mistreatment of three French citizens formerly detained at Guantánamo, the Chambre de l’instruction de la Cour d’appel de Paris ordered a lower court to summon former Guantánamo Commander Geoffrey D. Miller to explain his role in the abuse. Miller went on to work at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, having previously expressed wanting to “Gitmo-ize” the prison.
“France took a significant step forward today towards ending the era of impunity for U.S. torture at Guantánamo. We applaud the French court for recognizing that the United States’ unwillingness to thoroughly investigate and prosecute these crimes requires that it must thoroughly investigate this case—not shelve it,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Katherine Gallagher. “Geoffrey Miller must now choose whether to answer the French court’s questions or give up the ability to travel freely to the EU.”

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