Australia group seeks ICC war crimes charges against ex-PM for Iraq deployment David Frueh at 12:55 PM ET
[JURIST] Australian advocacy group International Criminal Court Action (ICCACTION) [official website] sent a brief [text] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Friday requesting charges be laid against former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for war crimes in connection with his deployment of Australian troops to support the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. The brief alleges Howard committed crimes in violation of the ICC's foundational Rome Statute [text, DOC]:
It is the unwarranted and excessively lethal nature of the conduct itself of this attack and invasion defined under Article 8, 2, (b), (iv), which is the subject of war crimes allegations....that this decision and action was utterly excessive as reasonable conduct, when considering the potential impact of available options in achieving the stated aim of proving the facts of untested assertions of the existence of WMDs in Iraq.
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