Former U.S. president George W. Bush has cancelled a trip to Geneva just as some of his critics were trying to have him charged with torture-related offences in Switzerland.
According to a report in the New York Times, Bush decided not to travel to Geneva because of "security concerns".
The former president was scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for the United Israel Appeal on February 12.
Meanwhile, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights was preparing to ask Swiss prosecutors to file charges against Bush while he was in Switzerland.
The United Israel Appeal's lawyer, Robert Equey, told a Swiss paper that this had nothing to do with Bush's decision to cancel his visit.
In his recently released book Decision Points, Bush defended his approval of the use of waterboarding, which simulates drowning, to get a suspect to talk. He claimed that it did not constitute "torture" in a legal sense.
"No doubt the procedure was tough, but medical experts assured the CIA that it did no lasting harm," he wrote, adding that it was only used on three people.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Straight reported on February 1 that a Canadian human-rights group called Lawyers Against the War is trying to force Bush to cancel his planned trip to speak at an economic conference in Surrey in October.
The group's cofounder, Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson, said that she will send a dossier on Bush to Canada's war-crimes investigation unit in advance of his trip.
Bush and another former U.S. president, Bill Clinton, are both on the speakers' list for the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.