Lawyer seeks to prosecute Bush for torture, bar him from Canada
Raw Story- Stephen C. Webster
Published: Thursday March 12, 2009
Even out of power and away from the White House, former President George W. Bush seemingly cannot get away from calls for his prosecution.
The latest outcry comes from a Canadian attorney with Lawyers Against the War, who said she will file a suit against Bush and bar his entry to Canada over alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Former President Bush plans a visit to Canada on March 17 for a speaking engagement at Calgary, on invite from the city’s chamber of commerce.
“In a letter to the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] war crimes section and copied to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and other federal ministers and opposition MPs, the Lawyers Against the War group claims that Bush is ‘inadmissible to Canada . . . because of overwhelming evidence that he has committed, outside Canada, torture and other offences’ as detailed in Canada’s War Crimes Act,” reported Canada.com.
The letter (PDF link) asks the mounted police to “begin an investigation of George W. Bush for aiding, abetting and counseling torture between November 13, 2001 and November 2008 at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Bagram prison in Afghanistan and other places.”
“The letter also alleges that Bush has engaged in ‘systematic or gross human rights violations, or a war crime or a crime against humanity’ under subsections 6(3) to 6(5) of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act,” reported Straight.com.
Lawyers Against the War has been pursuing similar tactics for years. The group’s Web site, which appears to have not been updated in the last five years, carries prior letters the organization has posted to Canadian officials.