Spanish Court: Former Chinese Leaders Must Face Charges of Crimes Against Humanity

Interpol asked to arrest former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and others on allegations of genocide and torture in Tibet

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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

Retired Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin and Li Peng have been targeted by international arrest warrants issued by a Spanish court.

The warrants were signed Monday by High Court Judge Ismael Moreno on charges brought by Tibetan rights groups based in Spain. Interpol has now been asked to issue arrest orders for former President Jiang, ex-Premier Li and three other senior Chinese officials on charges of genocide, torture and crimes against humanity in Tibet.

However, progress in the case may be quelled by a bill before the Spanish parliament that is meant to put a stop to the judiciary’s long history of prosecuting crimes against humanity across borders.

The legislature is expected to debate and in all likelihood pass the bill on Tuesday. Last Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry called on Spain to prevent further lawsuits that seek to investigate alleged rights abuses in Tibet.

[Reuters, New York Times]

4 comments
GuoLiang
GuoLiang

What happens in Tibet is just a police action within Chinese sovereign borders.

Tibetan Independence group? They're just as impotent as Spain.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Thank you Spain for standing up to tyrant and oppressive force of evils in this 21 st century.

Tibet must be free... 

aunticcp
aunticcp

The brutal Chinese Communist Party has murdered over fifty million of its own people since 1949, since 1999 it has been attempting the blood-thirsty genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong who live in Mainland China. To this end, the heinous CCP is using torture,slavery, organ harvesting and murder. Because of corporate greed, these atrocities and millions of others have been kept from the Western people by the Western media. The weak United Nations even appointed the brutal CCP a seat on its Human Rights Council this year. Shameful. Thank you for your concern.

lambda
lambda

emmmmmm...........Spain....Tibet....China.... some kind of ridicules