October 13, 2009
|TO:||Don Morgan, MLA
|Address:||Minister of Justice and Attorney General
109 – 3502 Taylor Street East
|Details:||Constituency Assistant: Rita Flaman Jarrett
Dear Honourable Don Morgan, Attorney General for Saskatchewan,
George W Bush is scheduled to be in Saskatoon on October 21, 2009.
Please see the enclosed letters to the Attorney General of Canada and to the RCMP, Division F Commander. They request that the responsible persons carry out their duties under the law to arrest and prosecute George Bush.
The laws that apply and the evidence against Bush are included in the letter to the RCMP.
“If the most powerful among us are not accountable to the law, our justice system fails.”
I thought you would like to be advised of the steps taken in relation to George Bush, in your role of responsibility for the administration of justice in Saskatchewan.
I am confident that the responsible persons in Canada will see that justice prevails.
Sandra Finley (contact info)
ADDENDUM SENT, THE LAW OF COMPLEMENTARITY MAKES RESPONSIBILITY CLEAR
Dear Honourable Don Morgan,
In your position of responsibility for the administration of justice in Saskatchewan, I would appreciate if you could relay to the Police, the Principle of Complementarity under International Law which places the onus on domestic jurisdictions to arrest and prosecute persons such as Bush. Also Canada’s adoption and enlargement of the International Laws in the year 2000. Please see the following text.
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Persons responsible for arresting or prosecuting George Bush when he comes to Canada Oct 20 – 22 say “not my responsibility. I don’t have jurisdiction. It’s International Law (or whatever)”.
These officials in Canada DO have jurisdiction and responsibility for the arrest and prosecution of George W Bush under the Principle in International Law called Complementarity. The explanation of the Principle is simple. /Sandra
Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
From his book, “Intent for a Nation” (2007)
“Countries that ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court take on certain obligations. Prominent among these is the obligation to investigate and prosecute, under their domestic criminal laws, any individual located on their territory who is accused of any crime prohibited by the statute. This is because the International Criminal Court operates on the basis of a principle called “complementarity,” whereby most prosecutions are supposed to take place in domestic courts. The International Criminal Court steps in only when it deems that the relevant domestic court is unable or unwilling to fulfill that role, or when the UN Security Council refers a situation directly to it.
In 2000, the Canadian Parliament adopted legislation implementing the Rome Statute into Canadian law. The Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act provides Canadian domestic courts with jurisdiction over a wide range of international crimes, regardless of the nationality of the alleged perpetrator or the location where he or she allegedly committed the crime. The act also goes further than the Rome Statute by providing jurisdiction retroactively over crimes.”