War crimes case lodged against Israel
27 July 2006 , BRUSSELS — A Belgian lawyer will lodge on Thursday a complaint in Belgium against Israel for alleged war crimes.
27 July 2006
BRUSSELS — A Belgian lawyer will lodge on Thursday a complaint in Belgium against Israel for alleged war crimes.
Lawyer Georges-Henri Beauthier is representing his clients Ali Abdul-Sater and his wife Farkad El Husseini.
The Belgian couple of Lebanese ancestry was on holiday in Lebanon with their three children when Israel launched its air attacks.
The complaint uses the words "war crimes" as used in the Belgian criminal code, newspaper 'Le Soir' reported.
The code refers to purposeful murder, severe violations of the physical integrity of health, deportation of civilians and the destruction and misappropriation of goods.
According to the Francophone newspaper, each of those elements of law refers to the dramatic events in the Mid-East of the past few weeks.
The complaint — based on the principle of the universal jurisdiction of Belgian courts — primarily targets Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
However, the complaint also states that as head of state, Olmert can enjoy immunity from prosecution.
The complaint also names Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz and the military chief of staff, Dan Halutz.
The newspaper has not ruled out the possibility that more complainants will link up with the case.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news