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No one – NO ONE – is above the law


Tony Blair and George W. Bush shake hands afte...

Tony Blair and George W. Bush shake hands after their press conference in the East Room of the White House on 12 November 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to say something before the day ended about the call by Desmond Tutu that Bush and Blair be tried for war crimes. Finally someone of note and respect has said the unspeakable. There is no question that these two men should face a judge and jury for invading another country that wasn’t attacking of threatening them or their people. The two of them took their countries to war for a variety of reasons that had NOTHING to do with self-defense. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians lost their lives. These two men knew the evidence was being cooked for them because they asked for their advisers to give them some reason so they could declare war. Military contractors made millions. Billions. Criminal. Let’s ask the World Court to bring these two up on charges – make them answer for this disastrous debacle. No one – NO ONE – is above the law. (Michael Moore)

“We filed a complaint with the SA Police Service yesterday and a ‘crimes against the state’ docket was opened,” Muhammed Vawda, secretary of Spoc, said today.

“A case number was issued and it will go to the National Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision.”

Blair and former US president George W Bush were found guilty in absentia of crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal in November last year.

They were also found guilty of genocide for their roles in the Iraq War.The tribunal was presided over by five judges.

The court acknowledged that the verdict was non-enforceable, but the findings were reported to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Daily Maverick reported that the official UK government inquiry into the Iraq War, the Chilcot Inquiry, is only set to release a report late into 2013, which will run more than 1-million words.

It reported that part of the delay was due to a row over whether Cabinet officials were willing to publish certain sensitive documents, such as notes passed between Blair and Bush, and records of their conversations.

The inquiry held public hearings between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2011 on matters including the background to the war.

Blair is in South Africa this week as one of the speakers at the Discovery Leadership Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre today.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu withdrew from the summit yesterday because of Blair’s attendance.

The Muslim political party Al Jama-ah said it planned to protest against Blair when he spoke at the summit.

Vawda said South Africa was legally bound to the requirements of international law, as it fell under the United Nations jurisdiction, and therefore was compelled to co-operate.

“Legally speaking, we expect to get the warrant…all the grounds are there…there is no obstacle,” said Vawda.

South Africa must operate without fear, favour or prejudice, he said, adding that the judiciary, police and National Directorate for Public Prosecutions must not bow down to political pressure.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Phindile Louw said she would comment on the matter after checking on the complaint.

http://www.timeslive.co.za

About LillyT

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