As incredible as it may sound, in November 2011, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and several members of the Bush administration were convicted in absentia for war crimes and for genocide, during the Iraq War. The trial was held by a tribunal in Malaysia exercising universal jurisdiction, not linked to the international community, and that’s why its impact is limited. The judgment is more symbolic than anything else. In 2007, Mahathir bin Mohamad, Malaysia’s Prime-Minister from 1981 to 2003, created the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War, which has in itself a Kuala Lumpur War Crime Tribunal, that prosecutes matters brought to it by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission. Its goal is to be a true body that could judge war criminals, since according to Mohamad, the Hague court is too biased and will never judge crimes committed by powerful nations. Hearing as witnesses an ex-Guantanamo detainee and several alleged victims of torture perpetrated by US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, the panel of judges found the several accused guilty of war crimes. Since the KLWCT has no enforcement powers, Mahathir Mohamad declared at the end of the trial that “Powerful countries are getting away with murder”. Although Malaysia is not known for having a clean record on justice or concerning human rights, this is still a very interesting case. Read more about this here, or read the KLFCW Charter here!