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Spain to hear Tibetan lawsuit against Chinese leaders

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Spain’s top criminal court agreed Tuesday to hear a lawsuit from Tibetan rights groups that accuses Chinese leaders of genocide in connection with the unrest that erupted in the region in March.

The suit was filed on July 9 against seven Chinese leaders, including Defence Minister Liang Guanglie, by the Tibet Support Committee and two other Tibetan groups.

It was admitted under the principle of “universal competence” adopted by the Spanish judiciary in 2005 and under which Spanish courts can hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity wherever they occur and whatever the nationality of the defendant.

Spain’s National Court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, said it “accepts the competence of Spanish jurisdiction to investigate the reported events.”

AFP: Spain to hear Tibetan lawsuit against Chinese leaders.

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Written by Claudia

August 6, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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