Den spanske dommeren Baltasar Garzon, som er kjent for å ha tvunget Augusto Pinochet inn i husarrest i London, ønsker å gjøre det samme med George Bush: stille ham for retten som krigsforbryter.
Garzon mener Bush er skyld i flere hundre tusen menneskers død. Han skrev dette i en kronikk i El Pais igår.
– A Spanish judge who has attempted to imprison other world leaders has called for U.S. President Bush and allies in the Iraq war to be tried for war crimes.
Judge Baltasar Garzon wrote in an editorial published Wednesday in the pages of El Pais newspaper that Bush and others should be held responsible for an estimated 650,000 deaths resulting from the Iraq war.
Garzon in 1999 tried to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from Britain to Spain to face charges of overseeing the deaths of 3,000 people including Spaniards during his 17-year reign (1973-1990). (upi)
I et intervju med Reuters tirsdag, sa Garzon:
«We should look more deeply into the possible criminal responsibility of the people who are, or were, responsible for this war and see whether there is sufficient evidence to make them answer for it,» Garzon wrote.
«There is enough of an argument in 650,000 deaths for this investigation and inquiry to start without more delay,» he said.
Garzon, who became famous in 1999 when he tried to extradite Pinochet from Britain and try him for crimes against humanity, was particularly critical of the former Spanish government, a major backer of the Iraq invasion.
«Those who joined the U.S. president in the war against Iraq have as much or more responsibility than him because, despite having doubts and biased information, they put themselves in the hands of the aggressor to carry out an ignoble act of death and destruction that continues to this day,» he said.
Et venstreorientert parti som er alliert med Sosialistpartiet, ønsker å fremme et forslag i parlamentet om å reise sak mot Bush.
Gaspar Llamazares, head of the left-wing party Izquierda Unida, said he would present a motion to the Spanish parliament that leaders behind the war should face international tribunals.
«People cannot be allowed to make decisions that cause hundreds of thousands of victims, fail to recognise their errors and not have to answer to a court,» said Llamazares, whose party is allied to the ruling Socialist party.
Garzon, who took a sabbatical last year to study international terrorism, said the Iraq war had helped incite hatred and garner more support for terrorist training camps.
«In some way, with a terrible lack of awareness, we have been and are helping this monster grow more and more and strengthen by the minute so it is probably invincible,» he said.