I was critical of the way the Greens had sold Golriz’s back story, but her role in defending war criminals is a million miles away from actually committing war crimes & on that front the utter lack of scrutiny over Mark Mitchell’s role in paramilitary death squads in Iraq is astounding.
In Iraq, Bush passed ‘Order 17’ which exempted private mercenaries from Iraqi law meaning they couldn’t be prosecuted for killing civilians – when Mark Mitchell refuses to answer if he killed anyone in Iraq, it’s actually not good enough of an answer!
This man is now running for the leadership of the largest political party in NZ, not answering about his time as a mercenary in a war zone where mercenaries were ruthlessly murderous just isn’t an option!
Mitchell says he was pushed to run weeks ago, yet has left it as late as possible which limits any real scrutiny over his time in Iraq.
The question NZ journalists need to start demanding from Mitchell is the following:
Did you, or any off your fellow mercenaries injure or kill any civilian while you were on tour in Iraq?
Get him on the record! He needs to answer that question.