This became possible thanks to new legislation adopted in Germany last year
German attorneys have registered a claim against US President George W. Bush in the General Office of the Public Prosecutor in Germany. In addition to George W. Bush, the claim includes members of the German and British governments, who are all alleged to be in violation of international law in launching the war in Iraq.
Registration of this claim became possible thanks to new legislation adopted in Germany last year. Now courts of the country can consider cases connected with violations of international law even in situations in which the violation doesn't concern Germany directly.
Heinrich Comes, one of the 14 attorneys suing the US president, says: "The American president is protected from prosecution by immunity. However, we hope to take other governmental officials mentioned in the claim to court."
Germany didn't give its official support to the war campaign against Saddam Hussein's regime; however, it allowed coalition warplanes to cross German airspace.