September 16, 2011

UK now safe haven for war criminals

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the UK has now changed its law so that Israeli war crimes suspects can come here without fear of arrest:

The British government has approved the change in this country's universal jurisdiction law.
Nearly two years after Israeli Opposition leaderTzipi Livni was forced to cancel a trip to the UKwhen pro-Palestinian activists applied for a warrant for her arrest, the change was given the Royal Assent and became law.
The law has a bizarre Orwellian name, The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act. And there's a circle to be squared:
Matthew Gould, the Britsh ambassador to Israel, said it was an important amendment that would "ensure that the UK's justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons".
He said: "The change will ensure that people cannot be detained when there is no realistic chance of prosecution, while ensuring that we continue to honour our international obligations.
"The UK remains committed to ensuring that those guilty of war crimes are brought to justice. This will put an end to requests for warrants where there is no realistic chance of prosecution."
Now the law has been changed so that someone like Tzipi Livni can come here freely but, at the same time,
The UK remains committed to ensuring that those guilty of war crimes are brought to justice
. Let's see how many of "those guilty of war crimes are brought to justice" in the UK now that Tzipi Livni can come here freely.

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