Judge issues warrants for three US soldiers again

16th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 January 2007, MADRID — A court issued international arrest warrants on Tuesday to extradite three U.S. soldiers implicated in the death of a Spanish cameraman in Iraq.

16 January 2007

MADRID  — A court issued international arrest warrants on Tuesday to extradite three U.S. soldiers implicated in the death of a Spanish cameraman in Iraq.

Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, was shot dead when a U.S. Army tank fired at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad where members of the press who had been sent to cover the conflict were accommodated

A reporter from the Reuters news agency was also killed.

The arrest warrants against the U.S. soldiers were handed down by Santiago Pedraz, a judge of the National Court.

The same judge sought to extradite the three soldiers in October 2005.

That ruling did not take effect after the criminal court decided last March to shelve the case, considering that the killing was an "act of war against a misidentified enemy" and that Spain had no authority to put the U.S. soldiers on trial.

Judicial sources said that Pedraz reactivated the international arrest warrants through Interpol on Tuesday.

The court decision took place after the Supreme Tribunal last month unanimously accepted the appeal lodged by Couso's family to contest the ruling by the lower court.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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