September 19, 2005

The price of crime?

The Israeli Justice Minister is seeking $1,000,000 in state funds to defend its war crimes suspects from charges in Europe, in particular the UK. From the report I've received (thanks Montag) I can't tell if the money is for legal fees in the event of the suspects being brought to court or if it's money to get European governments to simply change their laws. This is so ridiculous: Israel was supposed to be a colony of Europe, not the other way around. Anyway, you decide:
The Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni proposed a bill to the cabinet asking for $1 million to be allocated to defend senior army officers charged in Britain with war crimes, Israeli sources reported on Monday.

It is expected that cabinet will approve the draft law in its weekly meeting next Sunday, the source said.

Livni, said the source, has appointed a special legal team with a mission to persuade Britain and other European countries to change their laws which allows their courts to persecute foreign nationals.
What can it all mean?

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