George W Bush guilty of war crimes

Posted on May 17, 2012

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Former United States president George W Bush and seven of his associates have been found guilty of war crimes.

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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Rumsfeld, former deputy assistant attorney general John Choon Yoo, former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee, and former counsels Alberto Gonzales, David Addington and William Haynes II were convicted as war criminals on Friday.

The five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered a guilty verdict on charges relating to their involvement of knowing that prisoners of war were being tortured while held in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

They were charged and convicted for Torture and Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment of the Complainant War Crime Victims, Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War said in a statement.

The foundation established the tribunal in 2008 to bring justice against crimes against peace, humanity, crimes of genocide and war crimes.

Several prisoners gave evidence at the trial.

Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg, Jameelah Hameedi, Ali Shalal and Rhuhel Ahmed all gave evidence detailing their experience while imprisoned.

Iraqi Abbas Abid, a 48-year-old chief engineer in the Science and Technology Ministry, had his fingernails removed by pliers.

Others were electrocuted, beaten and kept in solitary confinement.

Hameedi was used as a human shield whilst being transported by helicopter, the foundation said.

The prosecution explained to the tribunal how Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, aided and abetted by lawyers, commanders and CIA officials all acted together.

“Torture was systematically applied and became an accepted norm,” the foundation said.

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