Michael Berglin / Pravda – 2004-09-23 22:59:45
MOSCOW (September 23, 2004) — In a story strangely unreported in the US media, the International Criminal Tribunal issued its findings at the end of an international citizens court convened to determine culpability in regards to the US attack on Afghanistan. The conclusion: George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes.
The ruling was announced on March 13, 2004 after lengthy presentations in Tokyo, Japan before a host of international lawyers that included Presiding Judge Professor Osamu Niikura (Japan), Professor Dr. Asaho Mizushima (Japan), Professor Dr. R.I .Akroyd (England),Professor Peter Erlinder, (USA) and Professor Ms. Niloufer Bhagwat (India).
In the final opinion of the court, Judge Niloufer Bhagwat, rules against Bush, citing: George Walker Bush, President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of US military forces for serious crimes, waging a war of aggression on Afghanistan, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Afghan people, against prisoners of war; and the use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction, against the people of Afghanistan; with serious fall out effects on the military personnel of the United States,UK and other forces deployed; and on countries, in and around the region.
In a court action not seen since Nuremburg, 1946, the court issued its ruling in no uncertain terms that the US has used weapons of mass destruction, protracting an illegal military conflict, and crimes against humanity. Very serious allegations indeed.
Bush has never acknowledged this ruling, nor were the American people ever informed of it. Is the concealment an effort by Bush to keep the American people in the dark about what is really happening in the world?
Court Advises Citizens and Troops to Withhold Cooperation
In the final findings, the court said: “The Defendant [George Walker Bush] is a convicted war criminal consequently unfit to hold public office; citizens, soldiers and all civil personnel of the United States would be constitutionally and otherwise justified in withdrawing all co-operation from the Defendant and his government; and in declining to obey illegal orders of the Defendant and his administration; including military orders threatening other nations or the people of the United States on the basis of the Nuremberg Principle, that illegal orders of Superior must not be obeyed”.
The court has also faulted the US for using weapons of mass destruction; something the US invaded Iraq for in an effort to halt the creation of WDMs. The UN inspectors have said that Iraq did not have WDMs, the US can show no evidence that Iraq even had WDMs.
The court has also introduced a new word into the vocabulary of court proceedings and that is “omnicide” — in relationship to the US’s use of depleted uranium that retains its radioactive threat for approximately 4.5 billion years. Not only are the present victims of American hostilities directly suffering the after-effects of radioactive poisoning, but future generations will suffer equally.
Read the Tribunal’s Ruling
The entire ruling can be found at: http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/2004/Afghanistan-Criminal-Tribunal10mar04.htm.