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George W. Bush fears torture charges

Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland over fears he could have been arrested on torture charges.

Mr. Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the country. Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the cancellation was linked to growing moves told Bush accountable for the use of torture, including waterboarding. He had admitted in his memoirs and TV interviews to ordering the use of the interrogation technique which simulates drowning.

The action in Switzerland showed Mr Bush had reason to fear legal complaints against him if he traveled to countries that have ratified an international treaty banning torture, Reed Brody, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch said.

[Daily Mail]

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