Former U.S. President George W. Bush has called off a planned trip to Switzerland, fearing he would be arrested and that the Swiss government would begin a criminal investigation of him, according to human rights groups.
Bush planned to address a Jewish charity gala on Feb. 12, but rights groups were planning to file a 2,500-page criminal complaint against Bush alleging that he authorized illegal torture at Guantanamo Bay. Bush has admitted authorizing waterboarding.
A protest was also planned, leading gala organizers to announce the event was called off due to security concerns. Rights groups, however, say the cancellation is linked to the growing movement to hold Bush accountable for torture.