Posted 5 years ago on June 24, 2012, 10:16 a.m. EST by bensdad
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Former President George W. Bush and several members of his administration have been convicted of war crimes in Malaysia.
A tribunal delivered a unanimous guilty verdict after a week-long trial on the conditions and human rights violations that were systematically carried out under the orders of the Bush administration.
In a trial was run in accordance with the standards set by the Nuremberg Trials to convict war criminals after World War II, former President Bush, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were found guilty for the crime of torture in accordance with Article 6 of the Nuremberg Charter.
The tribunal also found that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were aware that the U.S. had violated the 1984 Torture Convention and the Geneva Conventions but failed to intervene. This came after opinions provided by their own legal counsel said that the Geneva Conventions didn’t apply to suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees and thus, there was no torture occurring within the boundaries of the Torture Convention. While this opinion was at clear odds with international law, this is the first time that former Bush administration officials have been found guilty of violating these conventions, despite their own interpretations of international law.
Among the witnesses who testified at the trial, Briton Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, said he was beaten, hooded and left in solitary confinement. Jameelah Abbas Hameedi, an Iraqi woman, said she was stripped and humiliated in Abu Ghraib prison.