RCMP quashes genocide complaint against PM

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Corner Brook man told Israel-Palestine position a policy directive, not crime

A Corner Brook man’s attempt to get police to charge the Canadian prime minister with advocating for genocide has failed.

Andrew Abbass holds the document he filed with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook alleging Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had committed genocide. His pursuit of the complaint was denied Friday by the Ottawa RCMP. — Telegram file photo

According to Andrew Abbass, an RCMP officer came from St. John’s to explain to him Friday morning why Ottawa RCMP will not pursue his complaint.

“They don’t consider it to be hate propaganda, they just think it’s a policy direction,” Abbass told The Telegram Friday.

In Abbass’ view, the RCMP is shirking its responsibility to uphold the law by not following through with his complaint against Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

“Genocide is not a policy direction. Nobody votes in somebody with the ability to commit genocide against another race.”

His allegations relate to the contents of a Conservative Party of Canada video titled “Through Fire and Water” that the party’s official YouTube account posted last month.

The video includes clips of Harper and Baird outlining their reasons for supporting Israel in its conflict with Palestine — a conflict that has become very violent in recent weeks.

A three-day ceasefire that was supposed to start Friday did not pan out. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that more than 1,200 Palestinians and 56 Israelis have been killed.

Abbass says the RCMP’s decision ultimately places the Harper government above the law.

“The only one in this society that’s supposed to be above the law according to our legal documents is God. So unless Stephen Harper is himself God, I don’t see how they can be above the law,” he said.

While his complaint with the RCMP may have met its end, Abbass hopes to still bring the matter to the attention of the International Criminal Court through an online petition he created. It calls on that court to arrest Harper and Baird for creating hate propaganda and promoting genocide.

As of Friday morning, the petition had almost 1,700 names attached to it. Abbass suggests there’s also potential to take this issue to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Organizations: RCMP, Conservative Party of Canada, The Associated Press International Criminal Court Canadian Human Rights Commission.arobinson

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Israel, Palestine

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  • Darrel C.
    August 18, 2014 - 19:15

    Why are we allowing these protesters into Canada? Clearly the only genocide going on is the Islamic genocide against Christians, as well as other faiths. Abbass won't be out there protesting against ISIS anytime soon, I would imagine. The best explanation for all of the anti-Semitism cropping up in western culture is best explained by another "Andrew". Listen to what Andrew Bolt has to say. The Bolt Report - August 3rd - The Israel-Hamas Conflict https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=entzhLjVUZY

  • Errol Semple
    August 04, 2014 - 13:03

    Conspiracy to commit genocide.

  • elizabeth wesley
    August 04, 2014 - 12:16

    Stephen Harper is just a parrot repeating in essence, what the U S and Israel demand of him. One needs a spine to act responsibly and a brain to interpret events: obviously Stephen Harper and John Baird have neither.

  • Mikie
    August 04, 2014 - 11:23

    Good on you for making the effort. You had a good reason but overwhelming powers at be will do everything to prevent this for happening.

  • Funny
    August 02, 2014 - 19:42

    This must be a joke? I will give you $1000 as a victory prize if Harper gets arrested for anything related to genocide. Go complain about something that's worth complaining about

  • Audrey Williams
    August 02, 2014 - 10:08

    I commend you for trying. We all see the pictures and we all feel helpless but you took a stand! I call everyone that feels this way to file charges at their local RCMP so we can put some pressure on the Government!

  • ZorroIsGod
    August 02, 2014 - 04:00

    lol..... Russia bad for defending its air space Assad bad he wont talk to protesters that shoot at state... gaddaffi need his money taken as Braid paying out 10million in bag money to finally knock him off.... this not like russia getting nab with bag money to pay its fighters off nor is like 3 color party all voting to bomb everything.....