Saturday, April 28, 2012

Syrian President Assad could be tried for war crimes, says ex-peace envoy

George Mitchell tells peace conference in Dublin that brutal crackdown on Syrian opposition may warrant Assad's indictment, Saturday 28 April 2012

"The former US Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell, has said that the Syrian president, Bashir al-Assad, could be tried as an alleged war criminal over the brutal crackdown on opponents of his rule.

Mitchell, who was the US special envoy for Middle East peace until last May, said Assad could be tried for war crimes in the same way as Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia who was this week found to have "aided and abetted" war crimes by a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.

Speaking at an international security conference in Dublin, Mitchell was asked if he could envisage Assad facing a special war crimes court as Taylor did.

"Certainly, I don't think that anyone could rule that out at this time," he said......"


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