Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Sending Blair to The Hague

An international group of legal experts will make a formal complaint to the ICC in The Hague, accusing Tony Blair of being responsible for war crimes in Iraq. There's not much detail in the story, but I assume it's the same experts I talked about here. Rather than using the obvious, open-and-shut case against Blair for waging a war of aggression (which is unlikely to be considered by the ICC as it is still waiting for its signatories to provide an adequete definition of the crime), they will be focusing on specific violations of the Geneva conventions and international human rights treaties, leading to excessive numbers of avoidable civilian deaths.

Interestingly, the ICC has "contacted the panel in advance to ask for a copy of their report", which is perhaps a sign that they will consider the complaint rather than dismissing it outright.