El caso Couso

Cable sobre el avance del procedimiento judicial por el 'caso Couso'

EE UU anuncia que tomará medidas si se imputa a sus militares por la muerte del periodista

ID:19029
Date:2004-07-23 08:24:00
Origin:04MADRID2804
Source:Embassy Madrid
Classification:CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno:04STATE154176
Destination:This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



C O N F I D E N T I A L MADRID 002804

SIPDIS

SECDEF PLEASE PASS TO ODS: AJTORRES AND JCS: SYIKE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/22/2014
TAGS: PREL, SP, ODPC
SUBJECT: SPAIN: LETTER FROM SECRETARY POWELL TO FM
MORATINOS

REF: STATE 154176

Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES J. ROBERT MANZANARES FOR REASONS 1.4 (
B) AND (D)

1. (C) Charge Manzanares July 22 delivered to acting
foreign minister Bernardino Leon Secretary Powell's letter to
FM Moratinos (Reftel). The Secretary's letter responded to
Moratinos' letter of June 4 on the case of Spanish journalist
Couso, who was killed in the Palestine Hotel incident in Iraq
last year. Leon thanked Charge for the response, noting that
the Moratinos letter had been sent in an attempt to respond
to a request to the Spanish government from the Couso family.
Leon expected no further action on this issue from the GOS.

2. (C) Charge took the opportunity to convey our concerns
(using talking points in reftel) about the dormant, but
possibly still pending, Spanish court case on the Couso
incident, noting our desire to avoid a situation in which US
soldiers could be indicted by a foreign court. In the event
of any indictments, Charge urged the MFA to issue a strong
"friend of the court" type of brief clearly expressing
opposition to such a development. Leon was unaware of the
pending court case, and undertook to look into the matter. He
emphasized, however, the completely independent nature of the
Spanish judiciary and the lack of ability of the government
to influence decisions on court cases. Charge noted that if
such indictments occurred, USG would go back to MFA to again
raise the matter and urge a strong statement of opposition
from the GOS.
MANZANARES
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