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Published on Oct 20, 2011
www.DemocracyNow.org - Police in British Columbia have taken extra security measures ahead of today's visit by former President George W. Bush, who is set to speak at an economic summit. The security is to handle hundreds of protesters, but Amnesty International has also called on the Canadian government to arrest Bush and either prosecute or extradite him for the torture of prisoners in the so-called "war on terror." Meanwhile, four men who say they were tortured in U.S. prisons under the Bush administration will lodge a private prosecution today against the former president in a Canadian provincial court. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Center for International Justice have already submitted a 69-page page draft indictment to Canada's attorney general, along with more than 4,000 pages of supporting material, that set forth the case against Bush for torture. Democracy Now! interviews one of the alleged torture victims, Murat Kurnaz, a former Guantánamo prisoner. He is a Turkish national who was born in Germany. He was detained in Pakistan at the age of 19 in 2001. "I believe George Bush is a criminal and he has to pay for this, what he did. And even in my own case ... I was proven that I am innocent, and never have done anything wrong. They kept me for, like, five years after I got approved that I was innocent ... and they never stopped the torture. And some people are responsible for this, of course." Democracy Now! also speaks with Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights who is assisting the plaintiffs in the case.