Skip to comments.Queen Amends UKs Universal Jurisdiction Law
Posted on 09/15/2011 9:46:50 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
Queen Elizabeth II signed Thursday an amendment to the United Kingdom's universal jurisdiction laws allowing frivolous arrest warrants.
"The change will ensure people cannot file for warrants when there is no real chance of prosecution," British Ambassador Matthew Gold said," and prevent abuse of the British legal system for political ends."
According to Gold, the chief prosecutor in the UK would have to approve requests for warrants under the universal jurisdiction statutes, thereby avoiding the issuance of frivolous warrants in cases not expected to reach trial.
"The UK is committed to bring to trial those guilty of war crimes," the ambassador noted. "This change will ensure that it will continue to meet international commitments."
The UK law authorizing the issuance of arrest warrants for foreign nationals who committed war crimes outside British jurisdiction had remained unchanged since World War II.
Last year Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with counterpart Willian Hague to discuss the rampant abuse of the universal jurisdiction statute as a means of harassing Israeli officials and military commanders.
The change was also advocated by British officials, including Attorney General Baroness Patricia Scotland, who had asked for the law to be amended giving her office the right to veto such warrants.
Anti-Israel activists have engaged in an extensive and cynical lawfare campaign against Israel and made extensive use of universal jurisdiction statutes, especially in Britain, to target Israeli officials and military commanders for harassment.
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"Ms. Livni, London waiting for you", Gold said.
"This will stop the cynical abuse of the British law," Livni said, welcoming the decision. "True justice is done."
Yay. Tzipi can leave the country to one more destination, and whine there about how unfair life has been to her without fear of arrest. Somebody please get her in touch with a travel agent.
Echoes of Pinochet? If the “perpetrators” country in question has a reasonable trial process, he/she should be tried there, not in a foreign jurisdiction.