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French prosecutor dismisses torture case against Rumsfeld

PARIS (AP) - It appears Donald Rumsfeld won't have to face torture charges in France.

A Paris prosecutor has thrown out a complaint against the former U.S. defense secretary, which alleged that Rumsfeld had authorized torture and other war crimes in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

An attorney for one of the four human rights groups that filed the case says the prosecutor concluded that as a high-ranking official of a foreign government, Rumsfeld is immune. The groups are asking him to reconsider.

The human rights groups jumped at the chance to file the case based on a French disposition in which people suspected of torture can be prosecuted if they set foot in the country. Rumsfeld stopped in Paris for a day last month.

The Bush administration has repeatedly denied the U.S. government tortures people.

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