UK police summon Israeli ex-FM Livni over war crimes

UK police summon Israeli ex-FM Livni over war crimes


Israel has revealed its former foreign minister Tzipi Livni was summoned for questioning by the Metropolitan Police for war crimes which were committed against Palestinians in 2008-9.
The summons was issued Thursday, but was only made public three days later.

The summons was cancelled after diplomatic talks were held between Israel and the UK, which ended in Livni’s visit to London acquiring the status of a “special diplomatic assignment,” Haaretz reported.
This effectively granted her immunity from arrest and prosecution. She had been in Britain to attend a conference organised by the Israeli newspaper and the British Jewish Community.
Livni, who is now a member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, was wanted for questioning by British police regarding her role in possible war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008, as she was the foreign minister, vice prime minister and member of the diplomatic security cabinet at the time.
Livni visited the UK last year, and was granted diplomatic immunity by the British government to avoid the possibility of arrest during her stay in the country. She was able to qualify for legal immunity by arranging meetings with British officials, exploiting a legal loophole that protects Israelis on official visits to the UK.
A UN investigation found Israel had used excessive force which unfairly impacted on civilians, as well as using Palestinians as human shields by forcing them to enter houses which might be booby trapped.
Some 926 Palestinian civilians were killed in the conflict, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The report concluded Israel had violated articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. -RT


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