UK changes law allowing Israeli officials to be prosecuted

September 15, 2011 16:41

The United Kingdom on Thursday approved an amendment to the universal jurisdiction law, which will prevent the issuing of arrest warrants against senior Israeli officials in Britain.

In a telephone call to opposition leader Tzipi Livni, UK Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould stated that the Queen of England had signed the measure into law.

Gould said in a press release: “The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which has now received Royal Assent, includes an important amendment to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons. The change will ensure that people cannot be detained when there is no realistic chance of prosecution, while ensuring that we continue to honor our international obligations."

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