Danish lawmaker wants Livni detained

Left-wing official: Investigate "whether she can be charged for war crimes" as representative of Israeli government.

August 28, 2006 16:07
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A left-wing lawmaker said he wants Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni detained when she arrives in Denmark later Monday, saying that as an Israeli Cabinet member, she is partly responsible for alleged war crimes in Lebanon. Livni was to arrive in Denmark later Monday and to meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller. Frank Aaen of the small, left-wing opposition Red-Green Alliance said Livni should be detained upon arrival. He said he had reported Livni to Danish police. "I believe the minister should be detained while it is being investigated whether she can be charged for war crimes," he said in a statement. Aaen cited an Amnesty International report last week that accused Israel of war crimes, saying Israel broke international law by deliberately targeting Lebanon's civilian infrastructure during its 34-day war with Hizbullah guerrillas. The Danish government did not comment on Aaen's statement, and police were unlikely to detain Livni. No one with the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen was immediately available for comment. Aaen said he would also demand that Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah be detained if he were to travel to Denmark. "Hizbullah's war crimes can not be measured with those of Israel, but all war criminals must be prosecuted," he said.

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