Sunday, October 19, 2003

US Soldiers may face murder charges - in Spain

The family of a spanish reporter killed by US tank fire at a hotel in Baghdad several months ago have convinced a spanish judge to begin an investigation. This may lead to a formal charge of murder and a request for extradition.

For those wondering how a US soldier can face charges in Spain for actions in Iraq, it's because Spain claims jurisdiction over any crime against its citizens, regardless of where it is committed. The United States also claims such jurisdiction, so they'll have a hard time arguing that Spain is not entitled to do so (not that this will stop them, mind you...)

Oh, how I love to see the powerful squicked by their own logic...