[News] Charges filed by international attorneys against 15 Israeli officials
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Charges filed by international attorneys against 15 Israeli officials
23.01.09 - 12:51
Bethlehem / PNN Palestinian and international
efforts continue to institute legal proceedings
for the prosecution of Israeli officials in the commission of war crimes.
Although Israeli forces are involved in thousands
of cases, local experts such as the Palestinian
Centre for Human Rights believe that the recent
major attacks on the Gaza Strip will successfully prosecuted.
They were well-documented, televised and the
world was paying attention, a member of the Gaza City team commented.
After the very public detection of large-scale
atrocities which included the use of white
phosphorus bombs in enclosed civilian areas and
the liquidation of children there is little defense.
Fifteen specific names are now pending for
prosecution in The Hagues war crimes tribunal.
Those listed for prosecution include Israeli
political and military officials, namely Ehud
Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak.
Israelis are being warned internally against
leaving its boundaries due to fears of arrest.
French lawyer Gilles Dovers is handling the
complaint in Paris calling for the open
investigation into war crimes committed by
Israeli forces during three weeks in Gaza.
Dovers said today that 500 complaints are being
submitted by Arab, European and Latin American
officials. Bolivia is preparing its own case, as is Venezuela.
Argentine international prosecutor, Luis
Moreno-Ocampo, is deciding whether to go ahead with an investigation.
The French lawyer said there is some fear of
interference from the United Nations Security
Council under pressure from the United States to
stop the proceedings and prevent the achievement
of access to trial. The founding texts of the
International Criminal Court empower the Security Council to suspend its work.
Todays invitation to try at least 15 Israeli
officials is being delivered by 30 international
lawyers of several nationalities.
In parallel, the intention of a group of French
lawyers to file a complaint on behalf of French
citizens of Palestinian origin to the French
courts against Israeli officials is gaining
attention in the cities of Paris and eastern France.
Coordination with other lawyers in Belgium and
Spain is underway as similar complaints against
the Israeli officials are being made in Brussels
and Madrid. Belgium is among the countries who
issued charges against Ariel Sharon in the past.
Moroccan lawyers also disclosed yesterday
practical steps toward filing a lawsuit against
"the perpetrators of war crimes" in Gaza. Six
lawyers are working with the Minister of Justice of Morocco.
As reported by PNN throughout the week, in Tel
Aviv Israeli activists published 15 names:
Ehud Barak, Amir Peretz, Binyamin Ben Eliezer,
Avi Dichter, Carmi Gilon, Dan Halutz, Doron
Almog, Ehud Olmert, Eliezer Shkedy, Gabi
Ashkenazi, Giora Eiland, Matan Vilani, Moshe Bogi
Yaalon, Shaul Mofaz and Tzipi Livni,
along with reasons they are listed and photos on:
included with the note: Anyone who has
information about the suspect when he is outside
of the Israeli borders, report immediately to
and gives contact information for The Hague.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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