Saturday, October 22, 2005

OOH, Canada!

Gag Order Lifted On Canadian
Torture Charges Against Bush
~ Carnivalaskew

October 18th 2005 - Vancouver B.C.

Lawyers Against the War (LAW) is claiming a victory
in its battle to have George W. Bush face charges in
Canada for torture.

The charges stem from the notorious cases of torture
practiced by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They were laid on the
occasion of George W. Bush's controversial visit
to Canada in November 2004. The charges were
laid under sections of the Canadian Criminal Code
enacted pursuant to the United Nations Torture
Convention which requires extra-territorial jurisdiction
to be exercised against officials, even Heads of State,
who authorize or are otherwise responsible for torture.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of BC quashed an order
banning publication of everything having to do with the
charges imposed when they were first laid.


"This is a very important victory", said Gail Davidson,
who laid the charges and, along with Howard Rubin,
argued the case for LAW, "because it ensures that the
proceedings will be scrutinized by people in Canada
and throughout the world, to make sure that the law is
fairly and properly and, above all, to make sure that
Bush doesn't get away with torture."

(Deep thx to Monica_S for this find!)

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