A last-minute amendment to the Police Bill, tabled by the Labour front bench, proposed the establishment of specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.
A last minute amendment to the Police Bill proposed by the Labour front bench would establish specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.
The amendment has been tabled by Shadow Police and Criminal Justice Minister Vernon Coaker.
A senior official in the Israeli army has revealed that fears about being targeted by anti-Israel activists prompted him to travel to London recently - in disguise.
More than a year after Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a London speech for fear of arrest under Britain’s universal jurisdiction law, Brigadier-General Avi Benayahu found it necessary to visit Britain under an assumed identity and accompanied by security guards.
A group of politicians, writers and activists including Baroness Jenny Tonge, Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman and playwright Caryl Churchill have sent a letter calling for the government to drop its planned change to the law on universal jurisdiction.
The letter, published in the Guardian newspaper today, was signed by more than 50 people including 21 MPs.
The group opposes legislation contained within the Police Reform and Social Responsibility bill which would require the Director of Public Prosecutions to sign off any arrest warrants for visiting foreign dignitaries.
The government has at long last announced a change to Britain’s universal jurisdiction legislation.
A year after Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a London speech for fear of arrest the Home Office published details of alterations to the law on magistrates issuing arrest warrants for foreign politicians.
The new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill includes “a requirement for the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to be given before an arrest warrant can be issued in a private prosecution for offences of universal jurisdiction.”
Security and defence talks between the Israeli and British government will now take place in Israel amidst fears that Knesset members could be prosecuted under universal jurisdiction legislation if they visit Britain.
As the JC reported earlier this week, the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Dan Meridor, cancelled a speech at the Bicom dinner in London just hours before the event.