Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission - Hearing on Palestine

"There is a need to uphold justice,  a need for the people including the leaders who launch the war to be made accountable for the death and destruction resulting from their decision..."
- excerpt from Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Keynote Address during the International Conference & Exibition on Criminalise War - 28 October 2009

History of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War

In 2005 the Perdana Global Peace Organization,   now known as the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF),  organized the Kuala Lumpur Global Peace forum.  The following year (June 2006),  the Perdana Leadership Foundation organized another Peace Forum with a closed door session on the issue of "Criminalise War.  Stop World War IV," and a panel discussion on "Building An Action Plan for the Global Network for Peace."

In February 2007,  the Foundation organised an International Conference and Exhibition,  themed "Expose War Crimes,  Criminalise War" at the Dewan Merdeka,  PWTC,  Kuala Lumpur.  It was attended by over 3,000 people from all around the globe.  It was at the conclusion of this Conference that a decision was made for the establishment of a formal body in the form of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War Inc.  (KLFCW),  an entity incorporated under the laws of Malaysia under which the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal and other supporting Institutions can be legally established and function.

On 17th April 2007,  pursuant to the aforesaid objectives,  the Board of Trustees of the Foundation,  inter alia,  established the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission,  an investigation body empowered with jurisdiction to receive and investigate complaints from victims of wars and armed conflicts in relation to crimes against peace,  war crimes,  crimes against humanity and other like offences as recognised under International Law.

After investigating,  the Commission will submit its report to the Prosecution Division of the Legal Team.  The  Prosecution Division  will then,  based on the report of the Commission,  but having complete autonomy,  decide whether or not to file charges,  with the Registrar of the Tribunal,  against person(s) it considers have violated international humanitarian law.

If a charge is so filed,  the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal  will sit to adjudicate prosecutions brought by the Prosecution Division.

The tribunal has,  to date,  concluded 2 trials.  The first found George W. Bush and Anthony L. Blair guilty of crimes against peace.

The second trial found George W. Bush,  Donald Rumsfeld,  Richard (Dick) Cheney,  Alberto R. Gonzales,  David Spears Addington,  William J. Haynes II,  Jay Scott Bybee,  and John Choon Yoo all guilty of the crime of torture.

For this hearing on Palestine,  the eye witnesses or expert witnesses or complainants are as follows :

1.  Mr.  Salah  Al-Sammouni

2.  Mr.  Mahmoud Al-Sammouni

3.  Mr. Hassan Al-Attal

4.  Mr.  Bashar Murad

5.  Dr. Walid Khateeb

6.  Mr. Jawwad Issa Musleh

7.  Mr.  Nabeel Al-Issawi

8.  Ms.  Tagreed Ahmad Yasseen

9.  Ms.  Chahira Abouardini

10.  Prof.  Paola Manduca

11.  Ms.  Anne Sunde

12.  Mr.  Issa Barhoum

13.  Mr.  Kassem Aina

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