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Malaysian Tribunal finds Bush and Blair Guilty of War Crimes

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Tuesday January 03, 2012 00:52author by Justin Morahan Report this post to the editors

The monstrous crimes committed by President George W Bush (US) and Prime MInister Anthony Blair in their unjustified invasion of Iraq has not resulted in any action against them in the Hague. In a tribunal in Malaysia, however, they have not been so lucky.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after two years of investigation by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), a tribunal consisting of five judges with judicial and academic backgrounds found George W Bush and Tony Blair guilty of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the Iraq War. The decision was unanimous. (Aljazeera) The judges gave their verdict after four days of hearing, on 22 November 2011. Both defendants were absent during the proceedings as they had declined an offer to present a defence or send a representative. to the Tribunal. The court appointed a defence counsel for them in their absence. Although the verdict was not enforceable in a normal manner associated with a criminal court operating within a sovereign state or as constituted by international agreement, the tribunal nevertheless hopes that its recommendations will have a legal weight expected to extend beyond a moral condemnation of the defendants. The tribunal added two Orders to its verdict in accordance with the KLWCC Charter that controlled its operating framework: 1) The findings of guilt of Bush and Blair must be forwarded to to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; 2) The names of George W Bush and Tony Blair must be entered in the Register of War Criminals maintained by the KLWCC. The tribunal and its verdict brings into the public domain once again the idea of "universal jurisdiction" whereby states claim criminal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state. In the celebrated Filartiga v Pena-Irala case, a US court awarded over $10million to the Filartiga family because of the horrific torture of their son Joelito by Inspector General Americó Pena-Irala in Paraguay. In this case however both the Filartiga plaintiffs and Pena-Irala happened to be in the US jurisdiction at the time the family sued the torturer. As Bush and Blair were absent from Kuala Lumpur, they may escape punishment but the Tribunal could be a precedent for other such tribunals. At least it's a start.

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Thu Jan 05, 2012 16:08Report this post to the editors

..but no sign on our airwaves of coverage..or did I miss it?

author by A Freemanpublication date Thu Jan 05, 2012 17:36Report this post to the editors

Would this be the same Malaysia that has institutional discrimination against its Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities, and civil law is considered subsidiary to Sharia law?

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Thu Jan 05, 2012 18:52Report this post to the editors

But dont you think they called this one right?????

author by W. Finnertypublication date Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:30Report this post to the editors

The information at the www address provded below includes a brief video interview with Dr Francis A. Boyle (United States Constitutional and International Lawyer) on this court hearing, and in it he appears very determined to carry on with his efforts to have the "criminals Bush and Blair" put in jail.

Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVnFwwM3Dj4
 
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