U.S. imperialism : Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs


Richard Moore

A few months back, you may recall, an Italian judge issued 
warrants for some CIA agents who abducted an Italian citizen. 



Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs 

The Associated Press 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005;  8:45 AM 

MADRID, Spain -- A judge has issued an international arrest
warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad
hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and
one other, a court official said Wednesday.

Judge Santiago Pedraz issued the warrant for Sgt. Shawn
Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, all
from the U.S. 3rd Infantry.

Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network
Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crew
fired a shell on Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where several
journalists were staying to cover the war.

Reuters cameraman Taras Portsyuk, a Ukrainian, also was

The Spanish judge said he issued the arrest order because of a
lack of judicial cooperation from the United States regarding
the case.

U.S. officials insist the soldiers believed they were being
shot at when they opened fire.

Following the Palestine incident, Secretary of State Colin
Powell said a review of the incident found that the use of
force was justified.

In late 2003, the National Court, acting on a request from
Couso's family, agreed to consider filing criminal charges
against three members of the tank crew.

© 2005 The Associated Press 


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