War Crimes Tribunal Finds Bush and Associates Guilty of Torture
Posted by BZ Riger
May 11, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 May 2012 – The five-panel tribunal
unanimously delivered a guilty verdict against former United States
President George W. Bush and his associates at the Kuala Lumpur War
Crimes Tribunal hearing that had started on Monday.
On the charge of Crime of Torture and War Crimes,
the tribunal finds the accused persons — former U.S. President George
W. Bush and his associates namely Richard Cheney, former U.S. Vice
President; Donald Rumsfeld, former Defence Secretary; Alberto Gonzales,
then Counsel to President Bush; David Addington, then General Counsel to
the Vice-President; William Haynes II, then General Counsel to
Secretary of Defence; Jay Bybee, then Assistant Attorney General; and
John Choon Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney-General — guilty as
charged and convicted as war criminals for Torture and Cruel, Inhumane
and Degrading Treatment of the Complainant War Crime Victims.
Earlier in the week, the tribunal heard the testimonies of three
witnesses namely Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg and Jameelah Hameedi. They
related the horrific tortures they had faced during their incarceration.
The tribunal also heard two other Statutory Declarations of Iraqi
citizen Ali Shalal and Rhuhel Ahmed, a British citizen.
Testimony showed that Abbas Abid, a 48-year-old chief engineer in the
Science and Technology Ministry had his fingernails removed by pliers.
Ali Shalal was attached with bare electrical wires and electrocuted and
hung from the wall. Moazzam Begg was beaten and put in solitary
confinement. Jameelah was almost nude and humiliated, used as a human
shield whilst being transported by helicopter. All these witnesses have
residual injuries till today.
These witnesses were taken prisoners and held in prisons in
Afghanistan (Bagram), in Iraq (Abu Gharib, Baghdad International
Airport) and two of them namely Moazzam Begg and Rhuhel Ahmed were
transported to Guantanamo Bay….