A Spanish court has agreed to consider charging six former U.S. officials with
providing legal justification for alleged torture at Guantanamo
Human rights lawyers brought the case before leading anti-terror
judge Baltasar Garzon, who agreed to send it on to prosecutors to decide whether
it had merit.
Spanish law, courts can prosecute offenses such as torture or war crimes even if
they occurred in other countries.
The former officials, who include
ex-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former defense official Douglas Feith,
could face arrest if Spain charges them.
Feith said the charges against
him made no sense and that he never advocated the position for which he was
Spain's courts have in the past launched investigations
into alleged crimes in Argentina, Chile, Tibet, El Salvador and
Rwanda.Some information for this report was
provided by AP.