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Friday, November 08, 2013

I wouldn't employ any of these "lawyers" if I were you.

Bonni the Bayside Nazi has posted a report from one of her pals in the Christian Broadcasting Network, telling us that "Egypt has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court."

Which would be interesting if that were even what the report she posted said. What it actually says is that "According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court." The important difference is that Egypt, as a state, could at least in principle file a complaint with the ICC. A group of lawyers, however self-important, cannot. They can file a report in the hope that the ICC's prosecutor will mount an independent investigation. But other than such pissing in the wind, nothing.

There are a couple of other problems with this "story". One is that the ICC expects states which come under its jurusdiction to implement laws so that crimes against humanity etc can be prosecuted via their domestic legal systems, with reference to the ICC itself being a last resort if domestic legal action has proved impossible.

The other is that as neither Egypt nor the USA is a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, it has no jurisdiction in either country. (The USA under Bill Clinton signed up to it, but Bush Jr withdrew. Egypt, under the serial human rights abuser Mubarak, signed it but had never had any intention of ratifying it.) Funny that the "lawyers" didn't know that, really: they could have put some of their efforts into trying to get Egypt to ratify the Statute. (After all, military dictators are notoriously keen to have their torture and butchery exposed, so it should be simple.)

If Bonni's sheep aren't all too busy buffing up their armbands ready for the 75th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust on Saturday, I'm sure they'll all puff self-importantly about how dreadful Obama and the elected - and overthrown - Egyptian government are, and I'm sure not one of them will spot any of the inconvenient facts that show the whole thing to be a pitiful piece of wishful thinking on the part of the Teapublicans (who have probably been suckered for some cash by the Egyptian "lawyers" involved).

UPDATE: Bonni's sheep are busy right now establishing their Nazi credentials with their comments under her post with the spot-the-difference pictures of a monkey and a woman in a burqa. After all, it's important that they tell the world how AIDS resulted from a Muslim having sex with a monkey. No, really.


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