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Spanish judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo torture case against Bush | Raw Story

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform to restrict such human rights probes in Spain.

He also vowed to press on with two other investigations into alleged genocide in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara from the 1970s.

Ruz opened the investigations under universal jurisdiction — a principle that allows judges to try certain atrocities committed in other countries.

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