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KL Tribunal found Blair, Bush guilty long before Chilcot

July 10, 2016

Proceedings of 2011 trial in absentia would serve as a good guide to the proposed International Criminal Court



From: Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar, via email

After the release of the Chilcot Report in the UK, a billion pound question is whether Tony Blair will face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for the war on Iraq. A further one billion dollar question is whether George Bush will be charged as well.

In 2011, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal unanimously found former United States president George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of “crimes against peace”. The tribunal found that the two had planned, prepared and invaded the state of Iraq on March 19, 2003, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.

The tribunal noted that the UN Security Council Resolution 1441 did not authorise any use of force against Iraq but the US proceeded to invade Iraq under the pretext of the Sept 11 attacks and weapons of mass destruction.

The tribunal further found that the so-called evidence of WMD by the US was merely an academic research (thesis) by a postgraduate student that was converted to become an “intelligence report” claiming that Iraq owned WMD. Bush and Blair were duly advised by their legal team that the proposed war was illegal but they went ahead with the invasion of Iraq in a coalition of 40 nations led by the US and closely assisted by the UK.

With the findings, the tribunal ordered that Bush and Blair’s names be included in the war register of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission. It also ordered the findings of the tribunal to be publicised to all nations who are signatories of the Rome Statute.

The tribunal, held for four days here, was initiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is also the Perdana Global Peace Foundation president. The tribunal members were several highly and globally respected former senior judges and academicians namely, Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, Tunku Sofiah Jewa, Prof Salleh Buang, Alfred Lambremont Webre and Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi.

The whole trial was recorded on video and it should serve as a good guide for the proposed International Criminal Court if we are serious in determining to teach those who committed war crimes a good lesson that they will never forget for the rest of their lives.

Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar is an FMT reader.

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