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Monday, May 21, 2012

Spain judge reinstated charges against US soldiers for journalist death in Iraq
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On May 21, 2010, Spanish National Court Judge Santiago Pedraz Gomez reinstated charges against three US soldiers for their involvement in the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso, when the men opened fire on a Baghdad hotel in 2003, allegedly without provocation. The charges against Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp had been dropped in 2007 due to lack of evidence. Judge Gomez had initiated investigations into the incident in June 2005 and ordered the soldiers' arrest that October. In July 2010, the Spanish Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reopen the investigations after the Spanish National Court dismissed the charges in November 2009.

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