Feds called on to detain Bush for war crimes

Former U.S. president George W. Bush will be in Canada later this month. (REUTERS FILES)

Former U.S. president George W. Bush will be in Canada later this month. (REUTERS FILES)

Bryn Weese, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

OTTAWA - Amnesty International is calling on the federal government to detain and investigate George W. Bush for war crimes.

In fact, the organization says the government has "an obligation" to do it.

The former president will be in Canada later this month.

"The government of Canada has an obligation to start an investigation into former U.S. president George W. Bush's alleged involvement in, and responsibility for crimes under international law, including torture, while he is visiting Canada on 20 October," according to a press release from the organization sent out Thursday.

According to Amnesty spokesperson John Tackaberry, the organization gave the government the lengthy memorandum in mid-September. A 27-page summary will be released publicly next Wednesday.

The submission, "asserts that Canada must investigate the role of the former U.S. president in these crimes and secure his presence in Canada during that investigation," according to the news release.

Protests and demonstrations greeted former vice-president Dick Cheney, who was in Canada last week to promote his memoir, In My Time.

Last month, Amnesty exchanged acrimonious open letters with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney over the government's plan to deport suspected war criminals who were in Canada illegally.

"When I joined AI (Amnesty International) in high school, it was to defend the rights of political dissidents like Andrei Sakharov and to oppose brutal regimes, including those still doing bloody business in Iran and North Korea," Kenny wrote. "I am disappointed to learn you are now squandering the moral authority accrued in those campaigns on targeting one of the most generous immigration systems in the world, and protesting the actions of Canadian public servants applying rules and laws that far exceed our international obligations."

Amnesty and the Conservative government have also been at loggerheads over Omar Khadr, a Canadian serving time at Guantanamo Bay for killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.


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