Spanish Supreme Court orders reopening of investigation into cameraman's death in Iraq
"Under the principle of universal justice, the investigation of this case falls within the jurisdiction of the Spanish legal system," the Supreme Court ruled, overturning a 10 March 2006 decision by investigating judge Santiago Pedraz to close the case.
As a result of the ruling, Spain could now request the extradition of the three US soldiers responsible for firing at the hotel.
Couso worked for the privately-owned Spanish TV station Telecinco. A Reuters cameraman, Taras Protsyuk, was killed by the same shell. A US military investigation in 2003 concluded that the coalition forces were not guilty of "any misconduct or negligence" when they shelled the hotel.