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@xxxxxxxxx
LAW is an international group of jurists and others based in Canada
with members in 14 countries.
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