Bush and Blair Wanted for War Crimes

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Francis Boyle
October 22, 2012
25:56

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Bush and Blair Wanted for War Crimes
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A prominent international lawyer says former US President George W. Bush, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair stand guilty of crimes against peace, war crimes and torture, Press TV reports.

In November 2011, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, in which Francis Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois, led the prosecution team, convicted Bush and Blair of crimes against peace and humanity, and genocide over their roles in the Iraq war.

On May 11, 2012, the tribunal also found Bush, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld guilty of the crime of torture.

"We will keep after Bush and Blair for sure for crimes against peace, war crimes and torture in general," Boyle told Press TV in a recent interview.

"We got them both convicted of a Nuremberg crime against peace," he added while referring to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the principles of international law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal.

According to Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunal, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances are crimes "punishable" under international law.

In September, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Blair and Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over their roles in the Iraq war.

"We are making efforts now to do this," Boyle stated, adding, "We tried to get Bush in Switzerland, but his lawyers advised him not to go to Switzerland. I tried three times to get Bush in Canada, but unfortunately the Canadian government protected Bush."

"The wheels of justice might turn slowly, but they do turn."

Boyle also criticized the ICC for its failure to bring to justice US, UK and Israeli criminals.

"So far, they are just going after black thugs from Africa and not dealing with this wholesale mass murderers and criminals from the United States, Britain and Israel," he said.

Boyle condemned the Israeli regime for "inflicting outright genocide on the Palestinians in Gaza," adding that there will be hearings in November in Malaysia on the issue of Palestine.

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2012 / 10 / 22
Rolland Miller says:

I am upset that our Canadian Government would protect Bush and Blair from arrest over War Crimes.

Both of them and their close suppoters should be taken directly to Jail, and be tried for War Crimes over Iraq.

2012 / 10 / 22
Luke says:

Another crazy american with a theory.

2012 / 10 / 22
Mike Corbeil says:

Luke says Francis Boyle is talking theory. What theory? Bush, Blair, et al, are guilty as charged and as described in the article provided with the video, and they're guilty of many other extreme crimes. There's nothing theoretical about that. It's all factual. Getting courts to accept to honestly and thoroughly prosecute these extreme criminals is sort of like theoretical, for it's based on the theory that courts that're corrupt can come to eventually change, improvably; but, it is possible, just that it isn't at the present time.

2012 / 10 / 23
Bea says:

I truly hope that those two, (although not only as I would actually began to investigate also crimes by Obama and Cameron) will be prosecuted and jailed during my life span. This is taking bloody long and I cannot get it as no one (no one) should be beyond the law.

2012 / 10 / 23
susan says:

I hope the day comes when those two smug, pompous, killers, get theirs, as in prison time. It is sickening that they are walking around like normal people after what they have done! This is so wrong!

2012 / 10 / 23
Vuki says:

Herman and Peterson state (major powers) operate in self interest (Victor’s justice.) when honesty and integrity should be the the norms. NATO nations define Genocide and war crimes for others differently than for themselves. When Medline Albright was told by her British allies that invasion of Serbian province of Kosovo was illegal she replied get new lawyers. She also stated that killing 500 000 in Iraq with sanction was worth the price. Lets add the NATO leaders who caused the Yugoslav wars to the list.

2012 / 10 / 24
Mike Corbeil says:

This is fine/good, but I disagree with excluding the war on Afghanistan, which has always been extremely unjustifiable. We know that it's a war of aggression & that it was based on lies; as are all wars lead by Washington & its ally countries or govts thereof. It's a war of aggression and proof certainly isn't lacking.

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