Family of journalist killed by US in Iraq win appeal
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