The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorised waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
In “Decision Points,” published this week, Bush defended his decision to authorise waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning condemned by some as torture.
Bush said the practice was limited to three detainees and led to intelligence breakthroughs that thwarted attacks and saved lives. He told NBC in an interview to publicise the book that his legal adviser had told him it did “not fall within the anti-torture act.”
Amnesty International’s Senior Director Claudio Cordone said in a statement: “Under international law, anyone involved in torture must be brought to justice, and that does not exclude former President George W. Bush.
“If his admission is substantiated, the U.S.A. has the obligation to prosecute him,” he said. “In the absence of a U.S. investigation, other states must step in and carry out such an investigation themselves.”
Source : Reuters -November 10th 2010