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Well that just got a lot harder…

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Poor William Hague. From yesterday’s Observer;

The government is moving swiftly to change theĀ law on universal jurisdiction to abolish the ability to bring private prosecutions for international crimes in the UK.

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has said the coalition government is already examining the law in detail, amid fears that the threat of arrest is preventing high-ranking Israelis from visiting the UK. “We cannot have a position where Israeli politicians feel they cannot visit this country,” Hague said. “The situation is unsatisfactory [and] indefensible. It is absolutely my intention to act speedily.”

Use of universal jurisdiction in the UK has attracted controversy after several high-profile attempts to obtain arrest warrants for senior Israelis, including the deputy Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, and the opposition leader, Tzipi Livni.

I don’t think they’re going to feel welcome outside Israel for some time now. But at least Mr Hague has adjusted his tone;

“I call on the government of Israel to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians.”


Written by Witchsmeller Pursuivant

May 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm