UK to change law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 22, 2010 13:58

UK Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, announced Thursday that the coalition government will work towards a change in the law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes, Israel Radio reported.

The government will table a legislative amendment which will require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued, in response to any private prosecution for war crimes.

The change in law would possibly prevent incidents such as Palestinians in Gaza successfully applying for an arrest warrant for opposition leader Tzipi Livni because of her involvment in authorizing Operation Cast Lead.


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