The controversial Goldstone report is used to back up the case against Israel. The plaintiffs said that they did not trust the Israeli court system, saying it was “not independent, reliable, or honest according to the criteria of international law.” A decision by the Belgian prosecutor on whether to pursue this case is expected in September.
Belgium’s law states that there must be a connection between the crimes and a Belgian citizen in order for the issue to be dealt with by Belgian courts. [In 2009], Livni came close to being arrested in Britain after Palestinian campaigners filed a request for an arrest warrant in a court in London. The British government pledged to change the law allowing for universal jurisdiction in certain cases.
Posted on June 25, 2010
Source: (Excerpts of a report from World Jewish Congress, June 24, 2010)
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