Sunday, August 21, 2005

NIGERIA WANTS TO CANCEL WAR CRIMES PACT WITH AMERICA.



Nigeria's Senate Moves

to Cancel War Crimes Pact with US

By VOA News 19 August 2005

Nigerian lawmakers have called on the president to cancel a pact with the United States that prevents Nigeria from surrendering suspected American war criminals to the International Criminal Court.

A resolution passed by Nigeria's Senate says the agreement violates the country's constitution.

Lawmakers reminded President Olusegun Obasanjo the pact has failed to meet a constitutional requirement that parliament must enact international treaties into law.

Senate resolutions are non-binding.

The United States has negotiated treaties with many nations to keep its citizens from falling under the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction.

The Bush administration has refused to ratify a treaty creating the Hague-based court, asserting U.S. troops abroad could be targeted for politically motivated prosecutions.

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