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    • Johnboy
    • 04.05.07 | 14:53 (IDT)

    CJK: "Avi Dichter, who is an Israeli, and was the head of an Israeli security agency, was dragged into a US court, and accused of war crimes committed in Gaza. As strange as it may seem to you, this is not how jurisdiction works usually." Strange as it may seem to you, that *is* allowed for war crimes, and for a very obvious reason; a goverment-sanction war crime is simply not going to be prosecuted in the country of that war criminal while that regime remains in power. It is called "universal jurisdiction", and while some countries poo-poo the idea many others do not. The USA refuses to recognize the concept (no surprises there) and that is why this claim - if it WAS a war crimes claim - was over-ambitious. But I think Dichter would be *very* unwise to travel to Europe any time soon. Oh, and don't think the idea is new; it has been around for as long as there has been piracy on the high seas.

    from the article: U.S. District Court in Manhattan clears Dichter in war crimes suit
    First published 00:00 03.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.05.07
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