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Cable en el que la embajada busca contacto con el fiscal jefe de la Audiencia

La embajada quería estudiar las posibilidades del proceso abierto por la muerte del periodista

ID: 92692
Date: 2007-01-16 17:09:00
Origin: 07MADRID82
Source: Embassy Madrid
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Dunno: 07MADRID26
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L/LEI FOR KEN PROPP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL, MARR, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN/COUSO CASE: JUDGE ISSUES DETENTION ORDER
AGAINST THREE U.S. SERVICEMEN

REF: A. MADRID 26

B. 2006 MADRID 3013
C. 2005 MADRID 4308

1. (U) National Court Examining Magistrate Santiago Pedraz
issued international detention orders on January 16 against
three U.S. servicemen, Sgt. Thomas Gibson, Captain Philip
Wolford, and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, accused of murder and
violating international law in the death of Spanish cameraman
Jose Couso during the April 2003 capture of Baghdad. This
action, taken at the request of the plaintiffs in the case
(the Couso family) effectively reopens the case following a
December 2006 ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court that
Spanish courts have jurisdiction to try the matter (REF A).
As noted in REF A, this swift action by the magistrate was
widely anticipated. However, Santiago Pedraz also agreed to
a request from the plaintiffs to order the National Court
prosecutors to prepare a report advising whether it would be
legally permissable to "embargo" (i.e. freeze) assets in
order compel compliance with the civil elements of the Couso
family's case. The National Prosecutors assigned to the case
have the option to appeal this request from the Examining
Magistrate, but since they carried out a previous instruction
by the magistrate to file the international detention order
and the Spanish Supreme Court found that the order should be
issued (REF A), we anticipate that the prosecutors will
comply shortly.

//EMBASSY FOLLOW UP//

2. (SBU) The Mission has been engaged with Spanish
authorities on this issue at various levels, from the
Ambassador with the Vice President and Interior Minister to
action officers in contact with judicial officials. We
intend to follow up with National Court Chief Prosecutor
Javier Zaragoza as soon as possible to determine the full
range of possibilities in this case. With regard to the
issue of freezing of assets, there are conflicting reports as
to whether the plaintiffs intend to pursue the assets of the
accused or the USG's assets and we are actively seeking
clarification on this point. Post will report as soon as we
have collected additional information.
Aguirre