Almost eight years after Spanish television cameraman José Couso was killed in Baghdad by a US tank shell, High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz has traveled to the Iraqi capital to investigate the events of April 8, 2003.
Pedraz will Friday pay a visit to the Hotel Palestine, where Couso, a Telecinco cameraman covering the US-led invasion of Iraq, was killed along with a Reuters cameraman from Ukraine, Taras Protsyuk. Elements of the US Army 3rd Infantry Division opened fire on the Hotel Palestine on seeing Couso, with his camera shouldered, on a balcony.
Three soldiers — Sgt. Thomas Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Col. Philip de Camp — have been charged with killing Couso by the Spanish High Court. WikiLeaks cables published by EL PAÍS revealed the US had actively tried to have the case quietly dismissed.