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The ICC has started its investigation of torture. Is Canada included in that investigation?

That’s the question I have reading this snippet from Norman Spector via Dr. Dawg just now:

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, “is already conducting a ‘preliminary examination’ into whether NATO troops ? fighting the Taliban may have to be put in the dock: ‘There are different reports about problems with bombings and there are also allegations about torture’,” Mr. Ocampo tells editorial writer Daniel Schwammenthal.

Spector then asks Harper a very good question/makes a very good suggestion:

As you know, Prime Minister, the International Court was designed by its creators, which included Canada, to function when a government condones or participates in an alleged war crime, or is reluctant to prosecute those who may have. Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is how your government’s refusal to provide documents to a parliamentary committee could easily be interpreted by an outsider. Rather than providing an opening for Mr. Ocampo to step in, would it not be preferable to conduct a serious investigation ourselves into diplomat Richard Colvin’s allegations? If the concern is that sensitive national security information could be compromised by a public inquiry, may I then humbly suggest an inquiry along these lines?

Good advice… but will Harper pay heed to it? I’ve my doubts; but perhaps if the ICC were to come out with a more specific statement in the next few days/weeks/months with regards to looking into allegations involving Canadian officials, that might spur some panicky induced activity on the Harperites part.


5 comments to The ICC has started its investigation of torture. Is Canada included in that investigation?

  • roger

    my dream is to see hillier and harper behind bars. imperialist #*$#*# pigs.

  • @Dana – I hadn’t even considered that possibility. I guess if they can withdraw from Kyoto, they can withdraw from ICC. Are we going to see MacKay and Harper go into hiding like Radovan Karadic and Ratco Mladic? Any good caves in Alberta?

  • Dana

    Much more likely that the Harperites would withdraw from the ICC.

    • @Dana, I don’t believe a government who is a signatory to the ICC can do that just because they’re being investigated and it becomes inconvenient for them.

      • Dana

        @Scott Tribe, Scott, if they get even a whiff of a possibility that they *might* be investigated they’ll drape themselves in the flag and claim they’re withdrawing from the ICC to “protect our brave men and women from scurrilous attacks by Europeans”. They haven’t begun to reveal the depths of their depravity yet.

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