Australia taking legal advice on taking Iranian president to court

Australia is mulling whether to launch a case in the International Court of Justice against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting violence against Israel, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday. Rudd said Ahmadinejad had made repeated anti-Semitic statements that must be condemned by the international community. "The Iranian president's repeated extraordinary statements which are anti-Semitic and expressing a determination to eliminate the modern state of Israel from the map are appalling by any standards of current international relations," Rudd told Australia's Sky TV. "They are an incitement of international violence and what we have said in the past is that we will take legal advice, which the attorney general is currently doing, on whether there is a profitable way forward here through the appropriate international legal mechanisms and we'll study that advice carefully," he said.