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Spain: Protesters demand justice for journalist killed by US fire in Iraq in 200302:11

Spain: Protesters demand justice for journalist killed by US fire in Iraq in 2003

Spain, Madrid
April 7, 2019 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

About a hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the US Embassy in Madrid on Sunday, to mark the sixteenth anniversary of journalist Jose Couso's death in Iraq.

Couso, who was covering the Iraq war for the Spanish tv channel Telecinco, was killed when three crew members of a US tank opened fire in response to what they claim was hostile fire from Baghdad's hotel Palestine, where several members of the international press were staying in April 2003.

Sister of Jose Couso, Barbara, said: "We want to take the American military to trial, we accuse them of being the killers of my brother Jose and we also seek to set a precedent that would make international law and protection of journalists respected."

Friends, family members and colleagues are demanding the reopening of the case, after a reform of the Universal Justice Law in Spain closed the case in 2014.

Couso's family reportedly appealed to the Spanish Constitutional Court in February 2017, claiming the reform is unconstitutional and alleging it violates the Geneva Convention. However, the case is still pending.

Spain: Protesters demand justice for journalist killed by US fire in Iraq in 200302:11
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About a hundred demonstrators gathered in front of the US Embassy in Madrid on Sunday, to mark the sixteenth anniversary of journalist Jose Couso's death in Iraq.

Couso, who was covering the Iraq war for the Spanish tv channel Telecinco, was killed when three crew members of a US tank opened fire in response to what they claim was hostile fire from Baghdad's hotel Palestine, where several members of the international press were staying in April 2003.

Sister of Jose Couso, Barbara, said: "We want to take the American military to trial, we accuse them of being the killers of my brother Jose and we also seek to set a precedent that would make international law and protection of journalists respected."

Friends, family members and colleagues are demanding the reopening of the case, after a reform of the Universal Justice Law in Spain closed the case in 2014.

Couso's family reportedly appealed to the Spanish Constitutional Court in February 2017, claiming the reform is unconstitutional and alleging it violates the Geneva Convention. However, the case is still pending.