On April 24, 2010, lured to Malaysia and Singapore by a hefty £350,000 speaking fee, Tony Blair, the former prime minister of Britain, carefully hid from protestors armed with slippers to throw at him, as well as from a posse of delegates charged with serving Blair an indictment for war crimes.[1] In March Blair’s lucrative earnings of over £20,000,000 were revealed to have come primarily from energy giants, including the South Korean oil firm UI Energy Corporation, and from patrons in America and the Middle East – a clear benefit from having forged a close alliance with George Bush during his invasion of Iraq – thus adding fuel to the charges of war criminal and war profiteer.[2]

In 2007, Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad launched the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal to hear complaints by Iraqis, Palestinians and others against world leaders-including John Howard, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair-from victims of crimes against humanity, mostly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Palestinian territories.[3]

Acting Chairman of the War Crimes Commission Mr. Zainur Zakaria, Chief Prosecutor of the War Crimes Commission Mr. Matthias Chang, two members of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation, Mr. Ram Karthigasu and Mr. Christopher Chang, a representative of the Malaysian Kwong Siew Association (one of the largest Chinese clan associations) and two representatives of the Iraq Community in Malaysia evaded the April event’s security by registering themselves as delegates.

Extensive security measures were put in place before Blair’s arrival for the three-day event. Delegates to the conference were not given an itinerary of the speakers invited to speak at the convention.

Delegates had to wear a special wrist band for the entire duration of the convention for identification purposes and anyone without the security wrist band was not allowed to enter the vicinity of the convention hall.

However, before noon Blair and his security guards descended from the VIP room and walked towards the VIP entrance of the convention hall. Mr. Matthias Chang and Mr. Zainur Zakaria rushed forward to serve the indictment, while the Iraqi representatives loudly denounced Blair repeatedly. Blair was unsettled and put on an embarrassed smile.

Mr. Matthias Chang and Mr. Zainur Zakaria were prevented from handing him the indictment by over 30 British and Malaysian security personnel. Nonetheless, Chang and Zakaria denounced Blair verbally, crying “War criminal! Shame on you! Mass murderer!” Mr. Zainur Zakaria also shouted at the Malaysian security personnel, “Why are you protecting a war criminal?” The security officers could only respond with a silly expression. Considering that Blair had arrogantly told the Chilcot Inquiry in London that he had no regrets about invading Iraq despite the absence of WMDs, he now appeared cowardly when confronted by only seven delegates.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission stated that this is only the beginning of a global campaign to ostracize war criminals like Blair and Bush. They urge people around the world to adopt similar campaigns against Bush and Blair.

Not the first nor the last to draw public attention to the heads of state that launched wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, Splitting the Sky, an indigenous activist, inspired by Lawyers Against the War, attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of George W. Bush in Calgary in 2009. He was arrested for this attempt and will soon hear the ruling from the Canadian court about his case. After running for attorney general of Vermont with the support of Vincent Bugliosi on a platform to hold President G. W. Bush accountable for the lives of soldiers and Iraqis who died in a war launched under false pretenses, Charlotte Dennett-author of The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters Along the Way-continues to speak out and encourage the growing movement for accountability in the US.

While the mainstream media fails to mention protest after protest, courageous citizens continue to launch actions against the elected and unelected elite, who are protected by large security forces. Writers, artists, and filmmakers continue to make scathing indictments against the war machine and the masks politicians wear, thereby stirring the hearts of the defenders of people and the planet. The film Avatar, and more recently The Ghost Writer, slip in those taboo truths, so well hidden from the public mind, regarding the lawlessness and criminality prevalent in today’s Orwellian world where laws are ignored, or twisted and perverted, to serve and maintain powerful interests. Watching Avatar I immediately thought of the unending conquest of the Americas, Africa, and Asia by the Europeans, and heard it called a “pagan film” by Starhawk, one of the most active opponents of corporate globalization. Dr. Kevin Barrett, founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, said that he thought it was a “Muslim film” depicting the current wars against Muslim countries. Environmentalists see it as an “environmental film.”

The Ghost Writer’s plot revolves around a writer hired to replace a ghostwriter who died under mysterious circumstances just before completing the memoirs of an ex-prime minister of Britain. After the writer accepts the lucrative job, the ex-prime minister is charged with war crimes, and the next thing the politically ignorant hack writer knows, his copy is being quoted verbatim on the nightly news in defense of the accused. Most Americans are probably ignorant about the curious relationship between the US and the International Criminal Court, which is brought to light in this well-directed thriller by Roman Polanski. The US has flagrantly ignored international law, and opposed an international court that could hold US military and political leaders to a uniform global standard of justice.[5] As in this fictional account, the search for truth in the real world is fraught with danger and extremely difficult, where truth is masked by the media and searchers are confused by staged events that are orchestrated by forces concealed from the public eye.

Courageous non-fiction books-such as Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians, Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered, and Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage-chronicle the human and cultural tragedy that has struck Iraq, which is almost too painful for Americans to comprehend. In September 2008 a conference was convened at the Massachusetts School of Law to draw together lawyers and activists in shifting their focus “from Impeachment to Prosecution.” This conference evolved into the Robert Jackson Steering Committee[4], which works to bring about the criminal prosecution of top government officials in the United States who there is probable cause to believe have committed war crimes. The committee was named in honor of the sentiments of universal accountability to the rule of law articulated by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg. Increasing numbers of lawyers have now joined their voices to the calls for peace and justice throughout the world. These lawyers recognize that force has replaced law in much of the world, which threatens all of humanity.

The growing number of survivors of torture, victims of abuse, and families of victims will continue to haunt the architects and actors who launch and sell wars, justify torture and renditions, and enable the impoverishment and looting of nations to feed the machinery of war.

The purpose of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is to create awareness among the public that war is a crime. Judges of the Commission include:
• Tunku Sofiah Jewa, author of Public International Law – a Malaysian Perspective and The Third World and International Law.
• Francis A. Boyle, a leading American professor, practitioner and advocate of international law.
• Prof Salleh Buang, a barrister-at-law from Lincoln’s Inn, England, an author, and a professor in land law in Malaysia.
• Prof. Niloufer Bhagwat, recipient of the Philip Jessup Award of the American Society of International Law at Washington, vice president of the Indian Association of Lawyers (New Delhi) representing the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in international commissions; served as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal on Afghanistan at Tokyo established by Japanese jurists and lawyers in 2003.
• Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School in international law; a Fulbright Scholar (Uruguay), who taught civil liberties at the University of Texas.
• Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, professor of law at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; holding a BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons) and PhD, taught at the International Islamic University; an expert in constitutional, administrative law, and in jurisprudence.
• Dato’ Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, retired Malaysian Federal Court judge and current president of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal.

Members of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission include:
• Zainur Zakaria, graduate of Gray’s Inn of London as a barrister; a litigation lawyer for 34 years.
• Prof Hans- Christof von Sponek, who joined the United Nations in 1968 to hold positions in Botswana, Pakistan and India, and as UN Assistant Secretary General was responsible for humanitarian operations in Iraq; currently teaching at the University of Marburg in Germany.
• Denis J. Halliday (Ireland) served the United Nations for 34 years in Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, the South Pacific and Thailand; Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management under Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali for three years before he volunteered to head the UN Humanitarian Programme in Iraq and pushed the Security Council to increase the programme to 10 billion gross per annum rather than be complicit in the killing of Iraqi children due to UN sanctions; resigned to speak publicly worldwide against the use of sanctions, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, given an honorary PhD and the Gandhi Peace award.
• Mr Musa Bin Ismail, BA in History, and a Bachelor of Laws, Honours, from the University of Malaya; a magistrate for four years.
• Prof Gurdial Njiar, Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple, registered Advocate and Solicitor in Victoria New South Wales, Australia; professor at Law faculty, author of books covering civil trial advocacy and indigenous peoples’ knowledge systems.
• Dr Zulaiha Ismail, whose doctorate is in Human Resource Development from George Washington University, USA; before her retirement she was professor and dean of the Centre for Graduate Studies Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), active with NGOs in Lebanon, specifically focused on the plight of Palestinian refugee camps there, and secretary of the Perdana Global Peace Organization.
• Prof. Akram Shair Mohamed, LL.B (London), LL.M (London), Diploma International Law (The Hague), M.Phil. (London), Barrister-at-Law, Advocate & Solicitor (Malaya), PhD (IIUM) from the Public Law department of the International Islamic University Malaysia; dean of the Faculty of Law at the university, where he specializes in the Law of Evidence and sub-specializes in the Law of Confession. [6]

These international lawyers are working in solidarity to bring the high-level perpetrators of horrific crimes to justice. Their main focus is upon crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against peace in general. They are determined to hold the perpetrators of war crimes to account, especially when relevant international judicial organs fail to do so.

[1] http://www.perdana4peace.org/ War Criminal Blair Hides For One and Half Hours to Avoid Service Of War Crimes Indictment
[2] http://aftermathnews.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/blair-tried-to-keep-lucrative-deal-with-multinational-oil-giant-in-iraq-secret/ Blair tried to keep lucrative deal with multinational oil giant in Iraq secret
[3] http://www.brusselstribunal.org/KL.htm Malaysia’s Mahathir announces war crimes tribunal
[4] http://lawsnotmen.org/
[5] http://www.globalpolicy.org/international-justice/us-un-and-international-law-6-32.html
[6] http://criminalisewar.org/?page_id=64 Judges & Commissioners