Will Dick Cheney be Arrested For War Crimes in Canada?

Canadians are pushing to have Bush’s VP arrested at upcoming visit.

By Jodie Gummow (AlterNet)

Richard (Dick) Cheney - War Criminal
Richard (Dick) Cheney – War Criminal

The international group, Lawyers Against War, has urged Canadian authorities to arrest former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for war crimes when he arrives at the Toronto Global Forum this week, Huffington Post reported.

The anti-war group wrote a letter to the Attorney General John Gerretsen and Police Chief Bill Blair saying it was their duty to arrest Cheney, “as a person suspected on reasonable grounds of authorizing, counseling, aiding, abetting and failing to prevent torture.”

“Once Richard (Dick) Cheney enters Canada … Canada must ensure that Dick Cheney is either investigated and prosecuted for the indictable offence of torture in Canada or extradited to another country willing and able to do so,” Lawyers Against the War’s Gail Davidson   wrote.

Cheney was a “big supporter” of water-boarding and other unlawful interrogation techniques during his vice presidency, in which thousands of people were tortured, kidnapped and assasinated based on his instruction.

Last year, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal convicted Cheney, as well as former U.S. President George W. Bush and six other Bush administration officials in absentia of war crimes including torture and cruelty.

Cheney’s visit is likely to spark large protests. In September 2011, he was barricaded during large protests on a visit to Vancouver, where  demonstrators blocked him from leaving an exclusive hotel for several hours before police were able to evacuate him.  Subsequently, he cancelled a trip to Toronto in March 2010 citing safety concern, which led to large protests.

One Comment

  1. jamesbanville

    Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld along with too many others from their now defunct gang were, and still are among the most vicious and dangerous terrorists on the planet How any other country can give them succour beggars belief. The countries that do should be charged with aiding and abetting them. I don’t know if there is a god, but if there is I’d be terrified if I were any one of them.

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