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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Trial

06/03/2016

Why is it that the murder of one man is considered a criminal act whereas the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people committed in wars, is not considered so? ~Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad

Tony Blair remains Britain’s most “outstanding” war criminal, of all time. Yet he remains free and has never been held to account as have all those people within Britain’s establishment, who over the years, actively collaborated in planning and implementing war in the Middle East that resulted in millions of deaths and the destruction of an entire country: total misery.

The event is unlikely to reveal the war crimes committed by Blair or focus on his record of crimes against humanity. Nor is it likely to focus on the lies and fabrications surrounding the illegal and unlawful invasion of Iraq. No witnesses of war crimes will appear: the tortured children of Iraq, the families of millions of Iraqis killed. Nor will human rights lawyers participate or anti-war activists, for that matter.

Yet! Let’s remind ourselves of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal which was established to oversee and investigate complaints from the victims of wars and armed conflict in relation to crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other like offences as recognized under international law.

In November 2011, the tribunal purportedly exercised universal jurisdiction to try in absentia former US President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, convicting both for crimes against peace because of what the tribunal concluded was the unlawful invasion of Iraq.

In May 2012 after hearing testimony for a week from victims of torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the tribunal unanimously convicted in absentia former President Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Deputy Assistant Attorneys General John Yoo and Jay Bybee, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and former counsellors David Addington and William Haynes II of conspiracy to commit war crimes, specifically torture. The tribunal referred their findings to the chief prosecutor of the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

In November 2013, the tribunal convicted State of Israel guilty of genocide of the Palestinian people and convicted former Israeli general Amos Yaron for crimes against humanity and genocide for his involvement in the Sabra and Shatila massacre.

The problem is that the convictions by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal are little known and were never reported in the mainstream media. And, of course, the mainstream media have been distracting the public from newsworthy stories with sensational, nonsensical information which are of no importance or relevance whatsoever. 


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