October 5th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

3 U.S. soldiers indicted in death of Spanish journalist

A Spanish judge has again indicted three U.S. soldiers in connection with the death of a Spanish TV cameraman in Iraq in 2003, according to a court order viewed by CNN Wednesday.

The long-running case stems from the death of the cameraman, Jose Couso in Baghdad in 2003. U.S. troops assaulted the Iraqi capital and directed tank fire against the Palestine Hotel, where journalists covering the war were staying.

The three U.S. soldiers were first indicted by the judge in 2007. The case was closed in 2008 but reopened last year after Couso's family appealed to Spain's Supreme Court.

The latest indictment, dated Tuesday but made public on Wednesday, alleges that the three U.S. troops were linked to U.S. tank fire directed against the hotel, where Couso was videotaping the battle. He died from his wounds shortly afterward.

The three, identified as Philip de Camp, Phillip Wolford and Thomas Gibson, were assigned to the U.S. 3rd Infantry, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

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  1. Aaron

    They all need to go to prison, it will make the U.S. safer.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I don't think CNN wants to hear this, but if you are a reporter in a war zone and your hotel is being shelled, GET DOWN. DON'T STICK YOUR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW TAKING PICTURES.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cyclobrown

      hotels are not legitimate military targets. these guys shouldn't leave the US ever again if they dont want to be arrested and tried. i doubt the US would ever extradite them

      October 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A Solider

    The US military investigated this in 2003 and found that the soldiers acted properly.

    Baghdad was full of people shooting at each other on this day and numerous large structures were being used as both observation posts and fire positions. A forward observer was observed at the hotel directing fire onto the US soldiers. There were men with guns on the roof and seen on balconies.

    "In February 2004, the NGO Reporters Without Borders, after undertaking their own investigation, called for the reopening of the inquiry into the incident of 8 April 2003. The NGO stated that the soldiers on the ground, including Philip Wolford, Philip DeCamp and Shawn Gibson, could probably not be held responsible for their lack of information about the function of the Palestine Hotel"

    October 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

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