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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Guardian journalist seized

The risks of reporting from Iraq are revealed again today with news that Rory Carroll, Guardian correspondent in Baghdad, has been kidnapped.

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor, said: "We're deeply concerned at Rory's disappearance. He is in Iraq as a professional journalist - and he's a very good, straight journalist whose only concern is to report fairly and truthfully about the country. We urge those holding him to release him swiftly - for the sake of his family and for the sake of anyone who believes the world needs to be kept fully informed about events in Iraq today."


Blogger Human said...

In a related development - Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs
The Associated Press

Wednesday 19 October 2005
Madrid, Spain - A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official said Wednesday.

Judge Santiago Pedraz issued the warrant for Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, all from the U.S. 3rd Infantry, which is based in Fort Stewart, Ga.
Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crew fired a shell on Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where many journalists were staying to cover the war.
Reuters cameraman Taras Portsyuk, a Ukrainian, also was killed.
Pedraz had sent two requests to the United States - in April 2004 and June 2005 - to have statements taken from the suspects or to obtain permission for a Spanish delegation to quiz them. Both went unanswered.
He said he issued the arrest order because of a lack of judicial cooperation from the United States regarding the case.
The warrant "is the only effective measure to ensure the presence of the suspects in the case being handled by Spanish justice, given the lack of judicial cooperation by U.S. authorities," the judge said in the warrant.

The Pentagon had no immediate information and said it was looking into it.
U.S. officials have insisted that the soldiers believed they were being shot at when they opened fire.
Following the Palestine incident, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said a review of the incident found that the use of force was justified.
In late 2003, the National Court, acting on a request from Couso's family, agreed to consider filing criminal charges against three members of the tank crew.
Fort Stewart spokeswoman Jennifer Scales said the three no longer are assigned to Fort Stewart or the 3rd Infantry Division.
Pilar Hermoso, an attorney for Couso's family, welcomed the decision, although she recognized that it would be difficult to get the soldiers extradited to Spain, the state news agency Efe reported.
Small protests over the killing have been staged outside the U.S. Embassy in Madrid nearly every month since Couso's death.
Under Spanish law, a crime committed against a Spaniard abroad can be prosecuted here if it is not investigated in the country where it is committed.

Another arrest warrant -
Republican Tom Delay's arrest warrant. Me so happy. :):):) His lawyers tried to have fingerprinting and mugshots waved. The Judge said no. Me so happy.:):):):)
Peace your fellow Human

Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:38:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yeah, the brown stuff is certainly hitting the fan big time. The Plamegate saga just keeps geeting bigger and better. There are rumours that Cheney may resign and that Judith Miller was given top secret clearance (which is unprecendented for a news reporter).

What makes this investigatino so unique however, is that Fitzgerald is not bound by any specific mandate. This means that he can take this investigation in any diorection he sees fir, if it leads to evidence of other crimes. There is word that he is now looking into who was behind the Niger uranium forgeries.

Meanwhile Judith Miller, has bene identified as a member of the White House Iraq Group, a team to cunter critics of the Iraq case for war.

Who needs entertainment?

Friday, October 21, 2005 7:15:00 am  

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