Monday 2 June 2003

Greek lawyers to sue Blair for war crimes

Please let me reiterate my enthusiastic willingness to volunteer for firing squad duty should the ICC so determine.

The Athens Bar Association has announced it will file a suit against British Prime Minister Tony Blair for “crimes against humanity and war crimes” for his role in the Iraq war. Association President Dimitris Paxinos told the press the organisation was also considering launching an action against Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who also backed the invasion of Iraq.

Paxinos said the suit would be filed within a fortnight before the recently inaugurated International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. The association felt an “ethical and juristic responsibility” to seek action from the ICC, Paxinos added.

Ninety countries have ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC adopted in July 1998, establishing the jurisdiction of the court to deal with what are considered the gravest international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Since the US is not a signatory to the ICC, no American officials can be prosecuted.

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