A Vancouver-based lawyer who wants former U.S. president George W. Bush arrested for war crimes has slammed Surrey mayor Dianne Watts for suggesting the international courts can take care of the issue.
“As you know, we can’t take George Bush to the International Criminal Court, except for offences committed on the territory of states that are party to the International Criminal Court—such as extraordinary rendition in Europe—because the United States isn’t a party in the court,” Gail Davidson of the group Lawyers Against the War, told the Straight during a media scrum on the street outside the Sheraton in Guildford today (October 20).
Earlier today, Watts told the Straight, “I absolutely support freedom of speech, and we’ve got some passionate people out there, that are really passionate about their cause, and I applaud that.
Watts said, “We do have an international court. I think, through that process, if someone is charged, tried and arrested, sentenced, then that’s that process that that goes through. So I would just leave it at that.”
Later on, outside the venue, DJ Ball from the Vancouver branch of the group We are Change asserted there had been “many attempts to convey the legal ramifications” of Bush’s visit to the Surrey mayor.
“We’ve been working for months providing her with the documents of the laws that she’s breaking in hosting this confessed torturer,” he said.
A crowd of protesters gathered today outside the Surrey Regional Economic Summit, where Bush made a speaking appearance with former president Bill Clinton.
Watts was the city-organized conference’s honorary chair.
Surrey mayor Dianne Watts talks about George W. Bush at the Surrey Regional Economic Summit.