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[casi] US creates new Iraqi "courts"

Canada National Post, April 15

War crimes case planned against U.S

"UNITED NATIONS - A coalition of lawyers and human rights groups yesterday
unveiled a bid to use the UN's new International Criminal Court as a tool to
restrain American military power."

"There is a way that the United States can be accused ... of aiding and
abetting war crimes," said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for
Constitutional Rights.

"It appears they are trying to manufacture a case against the United
States," said a senior official with the Bush administration. "So this
clearly would be an example of the type of politicization that we're
concerned with."

"As a non-member, the United States would normally be outside of ICC
jurisdiction unless it was suspected of crimes in a country that is an ICC
member, which Iraq is not.

But the fact that Britain is a member has given the rights activists a
springboard for a case  .... .. .  . "

"The United States is in the process of identifying Iraqi jurists who can
help create new Iraqi courts ... .."

"A May 2001 report in the Multinational Monitor identified the following
countries in which Halliburton and its KBR unit did business with, despite
U.S. sanctions and charges of human rights abuses."

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