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al_bundy
10-19-05, 09:07 AM
Too bad the archives don't go back to early 2003. This is from when the tank fired on the hotel. good thing the spanish will never get their hands on the soldiers. Too bad it limits their traveling options for going on vacation.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051019/ap_on_re_eu/spain_us_journalist_death


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 one other, a court official said Wednesday.
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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.

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 several journalists were staying to cover the war.

Reuters cameraman Taras Portsyuk, a Ukrainian, also was killed.

The Spanish judge said he issued the arrest order because of a lack of judicial cooperation from the United States regarding the case.

U.S. officials insist the soldiers believed they were being shot at when they opened fire.

Following the Palestine incident, 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.

GFM
10-19-05, 10:33 AM
I'm curious, would this prevent them from going to any EU country or could they only arrest them if they were on Spanish territory? If the former, would be interesting if they are in the military still and have to go through, as an example, Rammstein.

nemein
10-19-05, 11:14 AM
If the former, would be interesting if they are in the military still and have to go through, as an example, Rammstein.

Not really... as long as they stay on US territory (the airbase for example) the most the locals could do is make a request they be turned over.

GFM
10-19-05, 11:29 AM
Not really... as long as they stay on US territory (the airbase for example) the most the locals could do is make a request they be turned over.

I thought military installations were only leased, but were still sovereign territory of the host country. If that's not the case, then no big deal, I guess. Would still make life interesting for the diplomats though.

al_bundy
10-19-05, 12:00 PM
there is the Status of Forces Agreement as well

nemein
10-19-05, 12:07 PM
I thought military installations were only leased, but were still sovereign territory of the host country.

I'm pretty sure they are just like embassies... leased property (some are probably owned though) and are considering sovereign soil of the country occupying the space not the host country.

classicman2
10-19-05, 12:50 PM
Jurisdiction depends upon agreement that we have with the host country - concerning military bases.


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