The Associated Press is reporting out of Paris that a French judge is seeking permission from American authorities to investigate claims of torture suffered by three French citizens while detained at Guantanamo Bay. According to the report, investigative magistrate Sophie Clement has requested access to the dossiers of the three men in order to examine all documents that may contain information relevant to the accusations made by the three French citizens.
The petition, says the Agence France-Presse (AFP), specifically asks the U.S. government to release the requested documents and to permit interviews with “all persons who had contact with them there.”
Investigative magistrates in France function in a manner similar to district attorneys in the United States, investigating alleged crimes for the existence of probable cause that they were committed and should be adjudicated.
The French news agency France 24 reports that Clement is “known in France for her previous investigation of crimes committed by the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.”
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