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- n. a person guilty of a war crime
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- n. an offender who violates international law during times of war
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It can shield a war criminal - even one like Felicien Kabuga, suspected of helping to finance and orchestrate the Rwandan genocide - by allowing him to purchase safe haven for a time and robbing all humanity of the opportunity to bring the criminal to justice.
I remember that time he called George Bush a war criminal on Jay Leno.