Spanish judge to probe Iraq refugee camp killings - lawyer

4th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Spanish judge will probe a raid by Iraqi police and soldiers on a camp for Iranian refugees in July 2009 that killed 11 people, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.

A Spanish National Court ruling in favour of an investigation into the events at Camp Ashraf, near the Iraqi border with Iran, became effective Tuesday after a five-day waiting period for possible appeals, said a lawyer for victims' relatives.

In December 2009 National Court judge Fernando Andreu agreed to consider the complaint under a legal doctrine known as "universal jurisdiction" which allows human rights crimes to be tried outside the country they allegedly took place.

© 2011 AFP

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