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Re: Bin Laden
....who will try him?...
The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the
United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands).
It began work in 1946, when it replaced the Permanent Court of International
Justice which had functioned in the Peace Palace since 1922. It operates
under a Statute largely similar to that of its predecessor, which is an
integral part of the Charter of the United Nations.
web site http://www.icj-cij.org
21 November 2001 IMMEDIATE International Court of Justice Press release
US MILITARY COMMISSIONS SHOULD NOT TRY ACCUSED TERRORISTS
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is alarmed by the Executive
Order issued by President Bush on 13 November, authorising the establishment
of military commissions to try persons accused of terrorist activities. If
implemented, this order will contravene fundamental principles of due
process and separation of powers. The ICJ calls upon President Bush to
cancel this Executive Order or to amend it so as to conform with
international and US Constitutional standards of due process, including by
placing responsibility for all trials of non-military personnel under
independent and impartial civilian judicial authority.
The envisaged military commissions will be able to convene in the United
States, on the territory of another state, or on the high seas. Operating
under rules to be drawn up by the US Department of Defence, they may be
authorised to receive evidence in secret and such evidence will not
necessarily be shared with the defendant. Well-established rules governing
the admission of evidence may be disregarded. Defendants may not be entitled
to representation by counsel of their choosing. The decisions of the
commissions will not be subject to judicial appeal, but only to presidential
As military law may apply, convicted persons may face the death penalty."
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