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I'm no lawyer, but can't he only go to the ICC if the UK has refused to take him to court? so shouldn't the first step be to try and get him in front of a judge in the UK?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 07:38:53 PM EST
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No lawyer though I studied law. And ceebs is right.

The first matter that needs to be sorted out is what war crimes (which the ICC would cover) Blair committed in the first place.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 07:46:12 PM EST
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It might have already happened

And I havent heard the results of these two

UK `war crimes' claims examined in The Hague | Independent on Sunday, The | Find Articles at BNET.com

Claims that the UK has committed war crimes against Iraqi civilians are being examined by the International Criminal Court after complaints by a panel of legal experts.

In a letter seen by The Independent on Sunday, the chief prosecutor of the ICC in The Hague has described the war crimes allegations as "one of the most significant" cases he has seen, and were being given "deserved weight" by his investigators.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the chief prosecutor, indicated that his office has now begun the formal process of gathering evidence about the claims and is now expected to ask the Government to explain its military strategy in Iraq.

Greeks accuse Blair of war crimes in Iraq | Iraq | Guardian Unlimited

Tony Blair and other British ministers are accused of crimes against humanity in prosecuting the war against Iraq in a case lodged with the international criminal court by Greek lawyers yesterday.

The Athens Bar Association accuses the government of breaching almost every international treaty and the entire spectrum of human rights in the 47-page complaint.

"The repeated, blatant violations by the United States and Britain of the stipulations of the four 1949 Geneva conventions, the 1954 convention of the Hague as well as the charter of the international criminal court, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity," the lawyers said in a statement.

"[The accused] intended to cause severe psychological distress or major physical or psychological damage to individuals who enjoy the protection of the Geneva conventions."



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 07:58:53 PM EST
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Jeez- just the guy to nominate for president.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 03:16:10 AM EST
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And I couldn't find the case that I was actually looking for.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 08:19:44 AM EST
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