Spanish Court issues arrest warrant for ex-Chinese President

spainSpains’s National Court has issued an international arrest warrant for China’s former president Jiang Zemin, after it ruled that the Chinese leader may have been responsible for “genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and terrorism” against Tibetans during the 1980s and 1990s.

The case was reportedly brought to the court in 2006 by two Tibetan support groups and a monk with Spanish nationality, utilising a principle in Spanish law known as universal jurisdiction – whereby suspects of human rights abuses committed abroad can be tried when a Spanish victim is involved.

The National Court wrote in a ruling released on Tuesday that there were “indications of participation” by Jiang and four other Chinese officials in the alleged crimes, “given the political or military responsibility” they held at the time.

International human rights and pro-Tibetan groups have long criticised Beijing for what they call oppressive policies in Tibetan regions, where more than 100 monks and laymen have self-immolated in protest of Beijing’s rule. Beijing has argued that it has poured huge investments into the region to lift Tibetans out of poverty and have accused exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of inciting dissent to split Tibet from China. – Economy Watch