Universal Jurisdiction

Israel's Amir Peretz avoids UK arrest warrant

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The former Israeli defence minister managed to foil anti-Israel activists who sought his arrest while he was in London last weekend.

Knesset member and former Labour leader Amir Peretz pretended to cancel a scheduled speech at a university.

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Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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Universal jurisdiction reform goes to Lords

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Eleventh hour change to war criminal arrest bill

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

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.

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Sudden amendment for war crime arrest law

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2011

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.

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Israeli army spokesman used alias in London for safety

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

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.

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Hall of Fame: Charlie Elphicke

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

"The measures on universal jurisdiction are one of the more important aspects of the Bill.

"What we have seen before has made Britain a laughing stock as a place of fishing and trawling for international justice in matters that are better dealt with elsewhere."

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Corbyn, Kaufman, Tonge, Loach and others blast universal jurisdiction change

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2010

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.

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Government announce universal jurisdiction law change

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

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.”

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Finally, Britain to end arrest threat to visiting Israelis

By Martin Bright, November 25, 2010

Measures to stop magistrates issuing arrest warrants for foreign politicians and military figures accused of war crimes could be introduced as early as next week.

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