Family of cameraman killed in Iraq to appeal again

14th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Family of José Couso says they will appeal High court judge’s rule and argues that there is sufficient evidence to continue with the case.

14 May 2008

MADRID - For the second time this year, a Spanish High Court judge has ruled against bringing charges against three US soldiers for allegedly killing a Spanish TV cameraman in Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The judge cited "insufficient evidence" for not pushing ahead with the case.

The family of José Couso said they would appeal the judge's decision and prove that the cameraman's death was "a war crime".

Javier Couso, the brother of the deceased cameraman, argued that there was "sufficient" evidence to continue with the case. Some judges, he said, "have been pressured by the US military" to drop the case. The family will appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Telecinco cameraman was killed on 8 April 2003, at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel along with Reuters colleague Taras Protsyuk after a US tank shelled the building where journalists were staying.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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