Thursday, September 15, 2011

Britain changes law that enabled war crime charges against Israelis

"Britain has amended a law that allowed for issuing arrest warrants against Israeli politicians who visit the country, the British Ambassador announced Thursday. Ambassador Matthew Gould called opposition leader Tzipi Livni, against whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, and told her the Queen has signed the amendment "to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons."

Lawyers working with Palestinian activists in recent years have sought the arrest of senior Israeli civilian and military figures under terms of universal jurisdiction. This legal concept empowered judges to issue arrest warrants for visiting officials accused of war crimes in a foreign conflict, under the principle of universal jurisdiction which holds that some alleged crimes are so grave that they can be tried anywhere, regardless of where the offences were committed."

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