George W. Bush and Tony Blair were both found guilty of War Crimes, in a Malaysian War Crimes Tribunal. The Kuala Lampur War Crimes Tribunal, as reported here by Ottawacitizen.com, issued a statement in which they said…’The Tribunal deliberated over the case and decided unanimously that the first accused George Bush and second accused Blair have been found guilty of crimes against peace”
This comes after two years of investigation in which it was found… “The evidence showed that the drums of wars were being beaten long before the invasion. The accused in their own memoirs have admitted their own intention to invade Iraq regardless of international law”
The war crimes tribunal was initiated by Former Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad, who is a fierce critic of the Iraq War. The hearings took place over a period of four days and the guilty decision was a unanimous one. The seven member panel chaired was by former Malaysian Court Judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman. The panel also consisted of five judges who have Academic backgrounds. The prosecution team was headed by two prominent legal personalities with strong professional legal credentials: Gurdeal Singh Nijar and Francis Boyle.
Bush’s and Blair’s names should now be entered in a register for war criminals. The Tribunal will also pursue their being tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Kuala Lampur Tribunal is being hailed in many quarters as being a champion for the cause by it’s great courage in standing up to powerful Western interests who have downplayed the crimes of Bush and Blair by not prosecuting them in their respective countries.
Although the guilty finding of the court has no official International teeth thus far, it does set the stage for more trials for at least seven more of their cohorts including Cheney and Rumsfeld.
Political Science and International Affairs lecturer at the Midlands State University Dr Mark Chingono is quoted by The Africanlegalbrief.com…”This verdict sets good precedence as it gives moral high ground to the third world countries and it somehow restrains these powerful countries not to invade other countries in future.”
“The challenge we have is that in international politics, what matters is power and at the moment those countries hold so much power and the question now is can we be able to bring them before a fair court”
Aljazeera.com reports…The Kuala Lampur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) added two “Orders” to its verdict that had been adopted in accordance with the charter of the KLWCC that controlled the operating framework of the tribunal: 1) Report the findings of guilt of the two accused former heads of state to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and 2) Enter the names of Bush and Blair in the Register of War Criminals maintained by the KLWCC.
The tribunal also added several recommendations to its verdict: 1) Report findings in accord with Part VI (calling for future accountability) of the Nuremberg Judgment of 1945 addressing crimes of surviving political and military leaders of Nazi Germany; 2) File reports of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague; 3) Approach the UN General Assembly to pass a resolution demanding that the United States end its occupation of Iraq; 4) Communicate the findings of the tribunal to all members of the Rome Statute (which governs the International Criminal Court) and to all states asserting Universal Jurisdiction that allows for the prosecution of international crimes in national courts; and 5) Urge the UN Security Council to take responsibility to ensure that full sovereign rights are vested in the people of Iraq and that the independence of its government be protected by a UN peacekeeping force.”
This is the start of hopefully a long and rigorous pursuit of justice on behalf of the more than 100,000 lives lost and the tens of thousands wounded by this trumped up lie called the ‘war on terror’
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