Friday, June 17, 2005

Criminals of the Willing?

As the attack by the Coalition of the Willing on Iraqi has been determined to be illegal, Philippe Sands, QC, director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, warned that Australia’s PM John Howard, British PM Tony Blair and US President George Bush and a few henchmen could face criminal prosecution for illegal agression against a sovereign country.

The charges are likely to apply even when these 3 and their cohorts leave office. They may even face extradition charges at some point in time.

But practically speaking, Professor Sands said that of the 3, John Howard will be the most likely candidate for prosecution because Australia doesn’t have much clout internationally.

The story seems to be that if the accusers can’t lay their hands on Bush or Blair, because no one will be likely to challenge the USA (and even Britain), they may go for the consolation prize in poor Howard.

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