A group of Japanese lawyers unveiled documents Monday
"indicting" U.S. President George W. Bush for war crimes allegedly
committed against the Afghan people since the United States-led coalition
began its antiterrorism campaign in Afghanistan in October 2001.
"This is an act that breaks international rules, such as the idea
of (honoring) human rights, that have been formed over so many years,"
said Koken Tsuchiya, former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations
and head of the 11-member prosecutors' team in the tribunal. "We decided
this case has sufficient reason to be brought to court."
A civic tribunal will be held in Tokyo, with the first hearing scheduled
for July 21.
The charges against Bush, according to the indictment, include aggression,
attacks against civilians and nonmilitary facilities and the torturing
and execution of prisoners.
They said the indictment will be handed to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo next
The tribunal is being organized by Tokyo Zokei University professor Akira
Maeda and others.
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