This story from the Telegraph could possibly gain more momentum now that Rumsfeld has been relieved of his role.

Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing American defence secretary, faces the threat of a lawsuit in the German courts accusing him of involvement in prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay detention camp and in Iraq.

A writ brought by a US-based human rights group is due to be filed this week, taking advantage of German laws that allow for the prosecution of “war crimes” committed anywhere in the world. The Centre for Constitutional Rights says its will lodge charges against Mr Rumsfeld along with Alberto Gonzales, the US attorney-general, George Tenet, the former CIA director, and several other senior figures in President George W Bush’s administration.

On BBC’s newsnight yesterday they showed copies of the documents that Rumsfeld signed off on which included recommendations for how the prisoners in Guantanamo should be treated.

Also, there was information on how the last set of allegations which came from Belgium were stopped by pressure from the US on the Belgian government. This pressure included the possibility of relocating the NATO offices out of Belgium if they approved it.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will not be too keen on allowing this to go ahead as it could really sour relations with the U.S but she may not be able to stop it without giving a good reason.

It will be interesting to see how it turns out especially if the media stay focussed on it.  

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