movement wants to take Bush and Blair to court |
Kuala Lumpur, March 28, IRNA -- The youth wing of the Malaysia's
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's ruling United Malay National
Organisation (Umno) plans to initiate legal action against leaders of
the countries involved in the invasion of Iraq, its chief Hishamuddin
Hussein announced Friday.
He said exco member Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh has been assigned
to study international law to determine if there is a case to bring
the leader of the US and his allies to court.
Hishamuddin, who chaired the Umno Youth exco meeting in Kuala
Lumpur Friday's morning, said the legal action would possibly be
initiated in the name of the organisation itself or Aman Malaysia (the
peace movement that is spearheading together with non-governmental
He told a news conference that Umno Youth would, within its
capacity, look at international law or lobby the United Nations to
investigate the US and its allies.
Britain (with 40,000 troops) and Australia (2,000) have joined
the US-led war on Iraq, which began on March 20.
"Before we go further in this process, we need to know where we
stand from the perspective of international law. If there is a basis
for us to take legal action, we will not hesitate to carry out the
plan because our stand is clear that we do not practice any fear or
favour," Hishamuddin, who is also Youth and Sports Minister explained.
"We will use every possible means...this will include protests,
taking legal action, and creating a humanitarian fund together with
countries and NGOs which are against the war."
When asked whether the legal action was a long shot, Hishamuddin
replied: "You just wait and see."
Hishamuddin said the drastic action was not meant to cause
problems for Americans and Britons, but that it was necessary because
the leaders of their countries have shown no respect for international
"There should not be double standards or hypocrisy in matters
pertaining to universal issues. Action is needed because people are
dying, the US is acting unilaterally and it is not concerned about
(other) voices in the world," he said.
Hishamuddin said the US-led invasion of Iraq must be condemned
because it was totally unjust.
"The US has failed to prove that Iraq has weapons of mass
destruction and (has been unable to) link the country with terrorism
or al-Qaeda," he said.
Umno Youth expects some 50,000 people at the rally on Saturday,
which will begin 2 pm (malaysia time) at Merbok field and end at
Merdeka square near here.
Hishamuddin called on peace-loving Malaysians - including members
of the opposition parties - to join the demonstration.