Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Why?


I few days ago, the lawyer of Charles Taylor (former President of Liberia) was the guest on HardTalk. Those who don't know Charles Taylor, he was controversial during the last two years of his presidency, and was later indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
What really shook me and forced me to write this post was the question the lawyer posed to the host. It went something like "... I would add Iraq to the list too, why is it then that African Presidents are tried under International law where as there is no
chance of a Bush or a Blair standing in front of the ICC."
I, myself was against Charles Taylor and the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir for the war crimes they had committed. But the question of the defence lawyer got me to think a bit negatively about the ICC, who claim to be the International criminal court, but their jurisdiction, it seems, is only among the African nations.

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