[Ppnews] Splitting the Sky Goes to Trial for Attempting to Arrest GW Bush

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Sun Mar 7 11:34:57 EST 2010


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March 8th, 2010, Splitting The Sky vs. George W. Bush, Calgary Court 
House hearing and solidarity demonstrations



Canada's International Obligation To Arrest And Prosecute Credibly 
Suspected War Criminals, No Impunity

by Jason Divine, Nicole Baker. and BJ Douthwright

CANADA PROVIDES SAFE HAVEN FOR SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINAL;

CHARGES CITIZEN ENFORCING WAR CRIMES ACT

(March 1, 2010) Calgary - According to legislation enacted in 2000, 
the Crimes Against Humanity & War Crimes Act bans all who are 
credibly suspected to have committed war crimes or crimes against 
humanity from entering Canada or, if they have managed to get in, to 
arrest them on the spot. This law is supported by international laws 
to which Canada is signatory.

Yet on March 17th 2009 George W. Bush was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
for a speaking engagement at the Telus Convention Centre which was 
sponsored by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

George Bush stands credibly accused and internationally condemned for 
war crimes committed, during his reign, in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay as 
well as in numerous CIA black sites stationed around the world. As 
Commander-In-Chief of the United States military, George Bush meets 
the definition of both 'military commander' and superior' of the 
Crimes Against Humanity & War Crimes Act (2000) (sec 7) and thus 
should have been prevented from entering the country or arrested upon entry.

Splitting the Sky, a Mohawk activist from Six Nations, invoking 
international law and Canada's own war crimes legislation, requested 
Calgary police officers to arrest ex-US-president G.W. Bush.

When police refused his demand to uphold the law, Splitting the Sky 
attempted to carry out a citizen's arrest of Bush, moving through the 
police line with his hands over his head yelling, "I am not touching 
anyone." He was then arrested and beaten, sustaining a concussion and 
painful soft tissue injuries.

Splitting the Sky was charged with obstruction of justice and 
released on $500 bail after being held in jail for 24 hours. All 
this, in his words, for his attempt "to do MY civic duty, to arrest 
the credibly suspected war criminal George W. Bush."

He now faces the possibility of 6 months in jail and a $5000 fine. 
His trial begins on Monday, March 8, 2010.

There will be a rally to support Splitting the Sky on Monday, March 
8, 2010 at 9 am at the Calgary Court House, 601 5 Street S.W.

For more info:

Splitting The Sky

Email: <mailto:splitting_the_sky at yahoo.com>splitting_the_sky at yahoo.com



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