Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chairman of Commission of Inquiry Attacks Prime Minister

Willibrord Davids, former chairman of the Supreme Court, headed the inquiry commission on the Dutch involvement in the Iraq war. Its report was highly critical of the Dutch government, headed by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The commission concluded that there was no international legal basis for the American-British attack, which the Dutch government had supported politically. Now Davids criticized Balkenende’s reaction to the report, saying that the prime minister has stated that there are certain situations when international law doesn’t have to be respected. This legal position is one the government had rejected at the time when it supported the Iraq war.

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