Wednesday, October 19, 2005

 

Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for U.S. Soldiers

It should be treated as an act of war

Spanish Judge Santiago Pedraz has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers, citing a lack of US cooperation on the matter:
Pedraz had sent two requests to the United States -- in April 2004 and June 2005 --— to have statements taken from the suspects or to obtain permission for a Spanish delegation to quiz them. Both went unanswered.

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

The warrant 'is the only effective measure to ensure the presence of the suspects in the case being handled by Spanish justice, given the lack of judicial cooperation by U.S. authorities,' the judge said in the warrant.
As I said previously:
This is absolutely outrageous! The Bush administration must act swiftly and aggressively to quash this nonsense, lest it set any dangerous precedents. They should make it clear that foreign judges and prosecutors have absolutely no business whatsoever investigating matters such as these and forcefully demand Spain cease all such inquires (in which US military personnel face legal jeopardy) immediately. They should also make it clear to the world that any judge in any country who issues an arrest warrant for any American under these circumstances committing an act of war against the US and we will respond accordingly. The warrant-issuing judge should expect - at a minimum - to face extradition to the US, along with anyone else involved.

There is no room for compromise on this. It is absolutely vital that Bush administration handles this precedent setting case properly. Lawfare against us is inevitable and we must limit its potential scope as much as possible.

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