Bush Cancels Visit To Switzerland Due To Threat Of Torture Prosecution, Rights Groups Say

Bush Cancels Visit To Switzerland Due To Threat Of Torture Prosecution, Rights Groups Say

GENEVA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod’s annual dinner on Feb. 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say.

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