Thursday, July 6, 2006
From washingtonpost.com: Vanderbilt Law School CrimProf Allison Danner, an international criminal law specialist, was recently quoted in the Washington Post Article "Iraqi Leaders Question US Troops' Immunity.
Following a recent string of alleged atrocities by U.S. troops against Iraqi civilians, leaders from across Iraq's political spectrum called Wednesday for a review of the U.S.-drafted law that prevents prosecution of coalition forces in Iraqi courts.
Danner said that while the United States has occasionally allowed foreign governments to prosecute American troops, including in the Philippines and Japan, such decisions were made on a case-by-case basis, leaving the immunity intact. "I can't see them allowing the Iraqi government to decide when that should happen," she said. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]