[Marxism] Forwarded from Derrick O'Keeffe

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 24 17:04:07 MDT 2005

Update on Prosecution of George W. Bush for Torture
Pre-hearing Conference of the Application to review the December 6th 2004 
decision blocking criminal charges against George Bush

at 10:00am, Thursday August 25th,

BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe St., Vancouver B.C.

Come down to the Supreme Court at 9:30am,

Thursday 25th August, 2005 to demonstrate public support for a public 
hearing of the case

The Attorney General wants to seal the courtroom at the pre-hearing conference.

LAW says Canadians have the right to be there.

On November 30 2004 Gail Davidson, co-chair of Lawyers against the War, 
(LAW) filed an Information in the Provincial Court of B.C. charging George 
W. Bush as President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the 
U.S. Armed Forces with torture.

When Davidson went to court on December 6th to secure a date for a process 
hearing, the Attorney General applied to declare the information a nullity 
on the grounds that Mr. Bush was immune from prosecution. In an 
extraordinary action, the courtroom was sealed over the objections of the 
reporter present and the press and public were excluded. Behind closed 
doors, the charges against Bush were stopped before any evidence could be 

An application for review of that decision was filed in the Supreme Court 
of B.C. The pre-hearing conference on Thursday is to determine a schedule 
for the exchange of arguments and authorities and to set a date for the 
review itself. The Attorney General wants to prevent the public and the 
press from attending this pre-hearing conference.

LAW wants this hearing and all future hearings to be in public so that 
Canadians can see justice being done in an open and transparent manner.

LAW welcomes the public to attend this hearing at the Supreme Court next 
Thursday, 25th August.

For further information, contact

Gail Davidson tel. 604-738 0338, fax 604 736 1175, email law at portal.ca

LAW is an international group of jurists and others based in Canada

with members in 14 countries. 

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