Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court Could Charge Canada With War Crimes

I'm showing the above video of Luis Moreno Ocampo, just to give you a visual in case you've never heard of him. Stephen Harper has no doubt heard of him. As have Peter Mackay, Lawrence Cannon, Gordon O'Connor, Rick Hillier and others.

Ocampo is the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and has been conducting a "preliminary examination" into human rights abuses committed in Afghanistan by Taliban and ISAF forces alike."

He recently told the Wall Street Journal that "he will not back down from prosecuting Western governments that are not holding their officials accountable for their actions."

And that's exactly what the Canadian government is doing. They are not holding their officials to account, and as a result we could very well see our name being dragged in the mud at the Hague, because Stephen Harper would rather prorogue Parliament, then allow an investigation into who knew what and when. He is only prolonging the inevitable.

Someone shared this article from Embassy magazine, that gives us some idea of how serious this matter is. Not even Ari Fleischer can get Harper out of this one. We can only assume that there was something pretty damning in those memos for him to go to these lengths to keep them from public view.

Could Canadians be charged with war crimes? If public inquiry not called, Canadians may be charged at International Criminal Court
By Jeff Davis
December 16, 2009

With the government refusing to start a public inquiry and the International Criminal Court having launched a "preliminary" investigation into the Afghan detainee issue, law experts say there is a very real chance Canadian officials could be charged with war crimes. Until last week, the government and senior officials had been saying they had no credible reports that people detained by the Canadian Forces and transferred to Afghan authorities were being tortured.

While Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk revealed on Dec. 9 that such torture had, in fact, occurred in the past, government ministers say they were not aware of the reports. Further, they have not acknowledged they heard the widespread reports that Afghan authorities were abusing detainees. Last week's charged Commons' Afghanistan Committee meeting saw Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon and former defence minister Gordon O'Connor testify on the issue. During the meeting, Liberal Defence critic Ujjal Dosanjh noted that in international law, the legal threshold for the war crime of transferring into torture hangs on circumstantial evidence....


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