Dutch court verdict expected April 29th - 2005.
A legal 'citizens arrest' is possible too.*
by Henk Ruyssenaars
FPF - April 13th - 2005 - The dutch multinationals information service called the ''Netherlands 'News' Agency'' (ANP) - had to report it too: groups of people, political parties and other human rights organizations in Holland, as well as private citizens, have united and started in the city of the Hague an official court case against the State of the Netherlands, to force people from the dutch Ministry of Justice to arrest George Bush as soon as he sets foot on dutch soil in the beginning of May.
President George Bush' sordid status as a war criminal was conformed again a month ago, when a 'War Crimes Tribunal' in Tokyo found U.S. President George W. Bush guilty of war crimes for attacking civilians with indiscriminate weapons and other arms during the U.S.-led anti terrorism operations in Afghanistan in 2001.*
'Slaughterhouse US': Google - GUN CAMERA FOOTAGE - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/4d77w
The tribunal also issued recommendations for banning depleted uranium shells and other weapons that could indiscriminately harm people, compensating the victims in Afghanistan and reforming the United Nations in light of its failure to stop the U.S.-led operation there.
The tribunal participants spent two years examining Bush's role as the top commander in the war, making eight field trips to Afghanistan and holding nearly 20 public hearings.
In the Netherlands coming April 29th there'll be an official verdict in the court case where Bush et. al. again is charged with a string of crimes against humanity, 'Breach of the UN Chapter' and the Torture Convention, which by the way both the Netherlands and the US have signed too and are obliged to upheld.
Kenneth Roth, who is the Executive Director of 'Human Rights Watch', wrote in a comment: "As for the many formal treaties on human rights, Henry Kissinger has said he believes it "unlikely" that their signatories "thought it possible that national judges would use them as a basis for extradition requests regarding alleged crimes committed outside their jurisdictions."
To the contrary, the Torture Convention of 1984, ratified by 124 governments including the United States, requires states either to prosecute any suspected torturer found on their territory, regardless of where the torture took place, or to extradite the suspect to a country that will do so.
Similarly, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 on the conduct of war, ratified by 189 countries including the United States, require each participating state to "search for" persons who have committed grave breaches of the conventions and to "bring such persons, regardless of nationality, before its own courts. What is new is not the concept of extraterritorial jurisdiction but the willingness of some governments to fulfill this duty against those in high places.
Advocated is also, in case Bush doesn't want to show up, that he'll be declared 'Persona non Grata' in the Netherlands: forbidden to ever set foot - or boots - in the dutch countryside, visiting Second World War cemeteries* and graves or not. He might go and start visiting american and all other nationalities cemeteries which are filled with the victims of his war crimes.
The goal is to get him in court at the ICJ in the Hague, the International Court of Justice - and in the Hague is the International Criminal Court too, the ICC. Crooked politicians and war criminals in the Netherlands have already - against their refusal - been heard in court, with the investigations going on.*
The fact that the first attempts - torpedoed by corrupted and cowardly judges - didn't work out, doesn't matter. International infamous criminals like Henry Kissinger are now openly wanted in many countries and he had to flee France. War criminal and torture advocate Donald Rumsfeld is wanted in Germany and many other places: everywhere people are trying to get at those obvious criminals in a legal way too. A movement and cry for justice, which by the way is spreading like a Bushfire...
Trying to show by law, that there still is some 'Justice'...
And hoping to proof that it is not always: 'Just us'....
How to make a legal 'citizens arrest': Url.:
Tokyo Tribunal - Citizens find Bush guilty of war crimes:
United Nations - Convention against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - Url.:
Geneva convention violation - War crimes ? - Url.:
Former PM 'Wim Kok' and other Dutch Govt's War criminals in Court:
Sued: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Over U.S. Torture Policies:
Margraten cemetery - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/6k8gd
Two years ago, and two months before the illegal war in Iraq:
'The United States of America has gone mad!' - John le Carré:
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Editor : Henk Ruyssenaars
The Dutch author this far has worked abroad 4 decades for international media as a fully independent foreign correspondent, of which 10 years - also during Gulf War I - in the Arab World and the Middle East. Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism ! - At present 'Persona non Grata' in Holland :-) because:
He who travels far will often see things
Far removed from what he believed was the Truth.
When he talks about it in the fields at home,
He is often accused of lying,
For the obdurate people will not believe
Inexperience, I believe,
Will give little credence to my song.
'Journey to the East' - Hermann Hesse
'The war in Iraq is illegal' says United Nation's Secretary General Kofi Annan - Url.:
A 55' seconds 'sound bite' concerning the US-Israeli 'Dogs of War' - 'bringing democracy' everywhere.
In the United States one already has seen the neocon administration's action in the streets of Los
Angeles: armored tanks showed up at an anti-war protest, in a dark glimpse of the future - Url.:
Neocon proverb: "We misused your taxmoney so you paid
to get killed, and for your funeral, you will also be billed.''
Colin Powell: 'It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the policies of the state of Israel' Said as 'US Secretary of State' in a speech at the 'Conference on Anti-Semitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe' German Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Berlin - April 28th - 2004 - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/22p6c
It can and must be done!
Help the troops come home! Url.: http://www.bringemhome.org - We need them badly to fight our so called 'governments' - Url.: http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/
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