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Arrest call as Bush arrives in Zambia

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 00:41

Dec. 2 - Bush arrives in Zambia as a rights group calls for his arrest over his support for the waterboarding interrogation technique. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Rough cut (No reporter narration). EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Former U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Lusaka on Friday (December 2), amid calls from Amnesty International for his arrest over human rights violations. Zambian President Michael Sata led diplomats in giving Bush and his wife, Laura, a traditional welcome ceremony at Lusaka airport. During this trip aimed at raising awareness about health issues, Bush will be visiting an AIDS clinic and a cancer hospital. But the African visit, which includes a trip to Tanzania and Ethiopia, has been mired in controversy following calls by Amnesty International's for his arrest over human rights violations. As president from 2001 to 2009, Bush authorized the use of water boarding and other interrogation techniques that Amnesty and other human rights groups consider torture. In February, rights groups said Bush cancelled a visit to Switzerland because of the threat of legal action against him for alleged torture. Organisers of that event said they were cancelling Bush's participation on security grounds, not because of the criminal complaints. Bush has defended the use of waterboarding - which simulates the sensation of drowning - on captured extremists as key to preventing a repeat of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The U.S. Department of State had no immediate comment.

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Arrest call as Bush arrives in Zambia

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 00:41