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Bush Torture Charges Back in Court

Lawyers Against the War | 23.11.2005 23:35 | Anti-militarism | Repression | World

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Press Release
November 22, 2005 - Vancouver B.C.
The torture charges against US President G.W. Bush are back in court on Friday November 25th.

The hearing will be held in a Vancouver courtroom at 10:00 a.m. at 800 Smithe Street before Justice Deborah Satanove of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Lawyers Against the War laid the charges last year when Bush visited Canada. They concern the notorious cases of torture carried out by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, first exposed in a series of gruesome private photos that scandalized the world in early 2004. The charges were rejected when government lawyers asserted Bush's immunity as a head of state. Lawyers Against the War appealed that decision.

On Friday the court will hear argument on some new preliminary objections raised by government lawyers in an effort to head off a hearing on the merits. The objections are of an extremely technical nature, including whether the British Columbia courts or the Ontario courts had jurisdiction over the charges, whether the time limit for the prosecution had started running and continued to run after the charges were rejected, and whether there had been a formal request for a summons to issue against the President.

"These arguments are an insult to victims of torture," said LAW's co-Chair and lead lawyer Gail Davidson. "The government seems to be trying to bend the law to protect the perpetrators of torture instead of enforcing it to protect the victims. First they sought a gag order to keep the public from knowing about the case, and now they are trying to avoid any hearing on the real issue in this case, which is whether this President can authorize torture with impunity."
Lawyers Against the War is an international group of jurists based in Canada with members in fourteen countries.
Michael Mandel, Tel: +1 416 736-5039: Fax: +1 416-736-5736;
Gail Davidson, Tel: +1 604 738 0338; Fax: 604 736 1175;

Editorial notes:
MEDIA RELEASE: Prosecution of George W. Bush for Torture
Publication ban lifted on alleged war criminal

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Display the following 6 comments

  1. George Bush was unaware of torture going on by allie troops in Iraq — Realist
  2. Buuuuull Sh****t — Bring 'Em Down
  3. Strange how you only quote biased left wing news sources! — Realist
  4. The Political Dark Alleys of Torture — yezbok drahcir / richard kobzey
  5. By the way... — Smells like there's a troll in the room...
  6. Spook Droppings Must Mean We're Waaaay Off — Editors, Keep Tabs On This Plant's Activities