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George W. Bush Convicted of War Crimes, Can’t Leave U.S. Fearing Arrest

 
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Bush Convicted of War Crimes in Absentia
by Yvonne Ridley
May 12, 2012




Kuala Lumpur — It’s official; George W Bush is a war criminal.

In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes.

Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material will now be sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is also asking that the names of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, Addington and Haynes be entered and included in the Commission’s Register of War Criminals for public record.

The tribunal is the initiative of Malaysia’s retired Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staunchly opposed the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He sat through the entire hearing as it took personal statements and testimonies of three witnesses namely Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg and Jameelah Hameedi. The tribunal also heard two other Statutory Declarations of Iraqi citizen Ali Shalal and Rahul Ahmed, another British citizen.

After the guilty verdict reached by five senior judges was delivered, Mahathir Mohamad said: “Powerful countries are getting away with murder.”

War crimes expert and lawyer Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law in America, was part of the prosecution team.

After the case he said: “This is the first conviction of these people anywhere in the world.”

While the hearing is regarded by some as being purely symbolic, human rights activist Boyle said he was hopeful that Bush and Co could soon find themselves facing similar trials elsewhere in the world.

“We tried three times to get Bush in Canada but were thwarted by the Canadian Government, then we scared Bush out of going to Switzerland. The Spanish attempt failed because of the government there and the same happened in Germany.”

Boyle then referenced the Nuremberg Charter which was used as the format for the tribunal when asked about the credibility of the initiative in Malaysia. He quoted: “Leaders, organizers, instigators and accomplices participating in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit war crimes are responsible for all acts performed by any person in execution of such a plan.”

The US is subject to customary international law and to the Principles of the Nuremberg Charter said Boyle who also believes the week-long trial was “almost certainly” being monitored closely by both Pentagon and White House officials.

Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said: “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.

He added that he was optimistic the tribunal would be followed up elsewhere in the world where “countries have a duty to try war criminals” and he cited the case of the former Chilean dictator Augustine Pinochet who was arrested in Britain to be extradited to Spain on charges of war crimes.

“Pinochet was only eight years out of his presidency when that happened.”

The Pinochet case was the first time that several European judges applied the principle of universal jurisdiction, declaring themselves competent to judge crimes committed by former heads of state, despite local amnesty laws.

Throughout the week the tribunal was packed with legal experts and law students as witnesses gave testimony and then cross examination by the defence led by lawyer Jason Kay Kit Leon.

The court heard how

Abbas Abid, a 48-year-old engineer from Fallujah in Iraq had his fingernails removed by pliers.
Ali Shalal was attached with bare electrical wires and electrocuted and hung from a wall.
Moazzam Begg was beaten, hooded and put in solitary confinement.
Jameelah was stripped and humiliated, and was used as a human shield whilst being transported by helicopter.
The witnesses also detailed how they have residual injuries till today.

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Great, now America is a giant fugitive. When the same happens to Obama I wonder if the US population will finally wake up to the illegalities of our unconstitutional system. I won't hold my breath.

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How will he get to his 100 thousand acre ranch/compound in Paraguay???
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clinton,albright,clarke go first .
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Good...BUSH 1 and BUSH 2 along with CLINTON and OBAMA need to face the WORLD-COURT for their illegal wars. They broke the law and circumvented CONGRESS. SHAME on these men.
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ARREST ALL AMERICAN POTUS FOR WAR CRIMES


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Extradite their asses..NOW !!!
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"But their deeds are likely to go unpunished as the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal which found them guilty is a "tribunal of conscience" and does not have the power to impose any punishment."



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GW & Cheney ARE war criminals, guilty of Crimes Against Humanity!!

Too bad that Malaysia talks loudly and carries a small stick.
Maybe it's a good start? I dunno - but I doubt it.

Still...IF it's real, it's a start.
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clinton,albright,clarke go first .
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I'd rather see them all go to the gallows or prison first, last or together. They are all criminals no matter what wing of the predatory bird they claim to be.
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clinton,albright,clarke go first .
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Always partisan, right? Ignore the fact that the two parties are different wings of the same predatory bird.

They are all psychopaths, albright slipped up and showed the world her psychopathy when she said the death of thousands of children was "worth it".

The others with some exception like the shrub and his joking about wmds at the national press club are more circumspect.



I'd rather see them all go to the gallows or prison first, last or together. They are all criminals no matter what wing of the predatory bird they claim to be.
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Obama is clean, Bush is filthy, dirty, and drunk as usual.
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No one will ever lay a glove on him....
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Obama is clean, Bush is filthy, dirty, and drunk as usual.
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why don't u go suck a coconut....
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Oh happy day!!!




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"W" could give a good care what these people say.

he's happy on the ranch, chopping wood and catching perch!

and he has more skids filled with hundred dollar bills than Saddam Hussein had!
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Obama is clean, Bush is filthy, dirty, and drunk as usual.
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why don't u go suck a coconut....
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I would but, Bush is drinking Gin from it.
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Unless Bush and his ilk are dragged over there and hung justice will not be served. They murdered Saddam Hussain in cold blood. He didnt have the weapons and they admitted it yet no one has ever spoken about his wrongful death just like Gadaffi. My only hope is that karma will get them.
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When you have money,lots of it in fact, you can buy your way out of anything but death.
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Anyway Karma is for poor folks.
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Unless Bush and his ilk are dragged over there and hung justice will not be served. They murdered Saddam Hussain in cold blood. He didnt have the weapons and they admitted it yet no one has ever spoken about his wrongful death just like Gadaffi. My only hope is that karma will get them.
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"CurveBall" killed saddam, not the U.S.

good ole curveball, God Bless him for giving the U.S. politicians cover
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"W" could give a good care what these people say.

he's happy on the ranch, chopping wood and catching perch!

and he has more skids filled with hundred dollar bills than Saddam Hussein had!
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Yes, he has money but he can't even leave the country. If justice were served he'd be hunted like the common criminal he is.
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President Romney will make all the Christians pay. Just give him the chance.
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That is why there is a secret tunnel from his house in Dallas that goes allllll the way to Paraguay.
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A step, small though it may be.

Good job (:-Deeze
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conscience is the key word.

It may be that this Tribunal is only a "tribunal of conscience", but it is heard loud and clear and taken serious by many.

look it up
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