A 'praja court' (public court) here Sunday held US President George
W. Bush guilty of "perpetrating terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism
and killing people including women and children".
Bush, who is scheduled to visit the Andhra Pradesh capital March 3,
the last day of his three-day visit to India, faced charges ranging from war
mongering and mass killings to violation of all international charters and aggression
against sovereign countries.
A jury comprising retired Supreme Court judge B.S.A. Swamy, human rights activist
G. Haragopal and prominent writer-activist Rama Milkote heard the people and
upheld eight charges against Bush.
The jury held Bush guilty of "perpetrating terrorism in the name of fighting
against terrorism" and "attacking and threatening other countries
using the issue of nuclear weapons as a pretext".
Bush was also found to be guilty of human rights violations and large- scale
killing of people, including women and children, especially in Afghanistan and
Iraq and of creating a sense of insecurity in the world.
"It is a fit case to be tried in the international court of justice,"
said the jury.
The public hearing on "crimes of George Bush" was held by a coalition
of 40 groups including Left parties and their affiliated organisations, human
rights and women's groups, and trade unions.
This was the first time that such a public hearing was held n the country against
any visiting head of state or government.
A total of 13 people deposed before the jury, which asked the Indian government
to call off Bush's visit.