Former President Bush and Administration Guilty of War Crimes by Susanne Posel
Last week, in a trial held in Kuala Lumpur, former US President
George W. Bush and several of his key administration members were convicted of war crimes .
The tribunal was led by retired Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad. After the guilty verdict reached by five senior judges was
delivered, Mahathir Mohamad said: “Powerful countries are getting away
After a week filled with testimony, personal statements and
deliberations, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, a five person
panel announced their guilty verdict. This verdict will be filed with
the Commission’s Register of War Criminals to be made public record.
Among George W. Bush were named:
• Dick Cheney, former Vice President
• Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense
• And legal advisors: Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo
During the trial, witnesses gave accounts of torture carried out by
US soldiers and contracted mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Moazzam, ex-Guantanamo detainee and Abbas Hameedi, an Iraqi woman
testified as to the torture they personally endured at Abu Ghraib.
The prosecution proved
that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld acted together to methodically torture
prisoners as an established standard. Others who were working for the
Bush administration included CIA officials, lawyers and military
commanders that were following senior advisors orders.
To achieve their goals, the most suffering as inflicted against
prisoners captured. The “intelligence” from those tortured was highly
suspect and completely unreliable.
Francis Boyle, professor of international law and war crimes expert
was in attendance at the trial and part of the prosecution team. Boyle
commented: “This is the first conviction of these people anywhere in the
Boyle went on to say that he hoped Bush and Cheney would find
themselves in similar trials across the world. “We tried three times to
get Bush in Canada but were thwarted by the Canadian Government, then we
scared Bush out of going to Switzerland. The Spanish attempt failed
because of the government there and the same happened in Germany.”
Boyle made references to the Nuremberg trials, comparing them to the
tribunal in Malaysia. Boyle also said that he was nearly certain that
the trial was being surveyed by the Pentagon and White House officials.
Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said: “The
tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations
drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.
Tan Sri Dato Lamin bin Haji Mohd Yunus Lamin, the president of the
tribunal, made the final statements at the end of the trial. Lamin
remarked that although the tribunal has no power of enforcement, the
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission will submit the verdict to the Chief
Prosecutor of the Internaitonal Criminal Court and the UN and their
Lamin would like to see the verdict be made public and publicized “accordingly” for the entire world to know.
Moazzam Begg is now the director for a London-based human rights
advocacy group called the Cageprisoners. Begg was happy with the verdict
and said: “When people talk about Nuremberg you have to remember those
tried were all prosecuted after the war. Right now Guantanamo is still
open, people are still being held there and are still being tortured
about the former and current US presidents that: “If President Bush was
the President of extra-judicial torture then US President Barak Obama
is the President of extra judicial killing through drone strikes. Our
work has only just begun.”