Family of journalist killed by US in Iraq win appeal

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5 December 2006, MADRID — The supreme court ruled in favour on Tuesday of an appeal lodged by the family of a cameraman killed by US tank fire in Iraq.

5 December 2006

MADRID — The supreme court ruled in favour on Tuesday of an appeal lodged by the family of a cameraman killed by US tank fire in Iraq.

Telecinco cameraman Jose Couso died when a US tank fired on the hotel where he was staying with many other members of the media during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In an  earlier ruling, the Audiencia Nacional, a lower court, said the case should lie on file. 

The supreme court supported the Couso family's appeal, saying a Spanish court was able to judge cases which happened outside Spain.

The case is now to be returned to the Audiencia Nacional where it is to be re-opened.

Javier Couso, brother of the dead cameraman, said: "This gives us tremendous satisfaction the court has taken this action."

Jose Couso died in the attack by a US tank on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, in which a Reuters journalist, Taras Protsyuk, was also killed.

The earlier ruling to place the case on file found the tank fire was not intentional but a case of mistaken identity.

Three American soldiers, sergeant Thomas Gibson, captain Philip Wolford and lieutenant colonel Philip De Camp were involved in the attack on the hotel.

A Spanish judge, Santiago Pedraz, charged them with murder and a war crime.

But they have never stood trial as the US denies a Spanish court has the right to try the officers.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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