“The Tribunal has unanimously ruled that George W. Bush is guilty of committing a Crime against Peace and Crimes against Humanity. We respectfully request that your government[s] immediately arrest and prosecute for these grievous crimes against international law and the domestic laws of every state in the world.”
In what is the first conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were found guilty of war crimes. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia. The actual trial was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War.
Mainstream media news did not announce the tribunal finds, limiting the public’s knowledge of the proceedings and convictions and also confining the realization by the most emphatic anti-war, human rights activists and organizations that justice had, in some small sense, been served.
Journalist Danny Weil, of Next News Network, was reminded of the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal conviction, when, during the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, he noted that none of the speeches of the living presidents, who delivered remarks, on the occasion mentioned the event that will unquestionably define the Bush presidency – the unlawful invasion of Iraq.
The conviction has rendered former president Bush fearful to travel abroad due to the possibility of arrest by those countries who are signatories to the UN Charter and international treaties that have relegated torture as a war crime, as well as a crime against humanity.
Yvonne Ridley, UK journalist reported that “the trial held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [ in November of 2011], heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. They included testimony from a British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.”
“At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.”
Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material has been sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is also asking that the names of the convicted be entered and included in the Commission’s Register of War Criminals for public record.