Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal took place from 19th to 22nd November 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hearing of the International Tribunal was an open public event which was attended by the representatives of diplomatic and consular missions, NGOs, media, universities, government, business and academic affiliates as well as members of the public at large. Four years after the idea was mooted, the first Hearing of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal took off as scheduled on Saturday 19 November 2011.
The Tribunal initially started with 7 judges, namely, Judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman (President), Judge Zakaria Yatim, Judge Tunku Sofiah Jewa, Judge Salleh Buang, Judge Alfred L. Webre, Judge Shad Saleem Faruqi and Judge Niloufer Bhagwat.
The Prosecution team was headed by Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar and assisted by Professor Francis A. Boyle, Mr. Avtaran Singh, Ms. Usha Kulasegaran and Ms. Gan Pei Fen.
As the defendants were not present, Mr. Jason Kay Kit Leon, the Head of the Defence Division of the Legal Team was appointed Amicus Curiae.
After full hearing for 4 days, the Tribunal on November 22, 2011 issued unanimous verdict that found both George W Bush and Tony Blair guilty of crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the Iraq War.
In its Unanimous Findings, the Tribunal made the following recommendations:
• First, the Commission must invoke the Nuremberg law to report Bush, Blair and their accomplices for crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity under Part VI of the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal.
• Second, the Commission must file reports of genocide and crimes against humanity with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
• Third, the General Assembly of the United Nations must be approached to pass a resolution to end the American occupation of Iraq.
• Fourth, the findings of this Tribunal must be communicated to all countries that have acceded to the Rome Statute and are possessed of universal jurisdiction.
• Fifth, the UN Security Council must reassert itself and ensure that true sovereignty is transferred to the Iraqi people as soon as possible with the assistance of a UN Peacekeeping Force. The autonomy of the newly installed Iraqi government must be ensured.
In the meantime KLFCW sent individual requests for initiation of domestic criminal proceedings against Bush and Blair to all the 120 States Parties to the Rome Statute as well as to some other non-signatory countries such as China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Russia and Singapore.
The KLWCT added two “Orders” to its verdict that had been adopted in accordance with the charter of the KLWCC that controlled the operating framework of the tribunal: 1) Report the findings of guilt of the two accused former heads of state to the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and 2) Enter the names of Bush and Blair in the Register of War Criminals maintained by the KLWCC.
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