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Old 09-12-2005, 02:25 AM
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Default Israeli general escapes arrest by London police's anti-terrorist unit


Is there any country in the world with as many suspected "war criminals" in government as Israel?
America is a contender, as well as Russia, I presume. England is getting higher in the rankings as we speak...

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IDF general escapes arrest by London police's anti-terrorist unit

Haaretz (Israeli newspaper) Sept 12 2005

By Aluf Benn, Amira Hass and Ruth Sinai, Haaretz Correspondent

General (res.) Doron Almog, former head of the Israel Defense Forces'
(IDF) Southern Command
, escaped arrest Sunday (Sept. 11) by the London
police's anti-terrorist and war crimes unit, when he remained on an
aircraft that had landed in Heathrow airport and returned with it to
Israel several hours later.

Almog had arrived in London on an El-Al flight. Israel Ambassador Zvi
Hefetz
learned of a plan to arrest him for allegedly perpetrating war
crimes during the intifada, and quickly informed Yaki Dayan, head of the
political department in Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom's bureau
.

In Jerusalem no one knew whether Almog was to be handed a subpoena or an
arrest warrant, or who was behind the move, but they decided not to take
a chance. The Foreign Ministry sent a message to Almog, through the
airplane's communication systems, warning him that he could be arrested
if he entered the U.K.

Almog decided to remain on the plane. Because he had not passed border
control, he was not considered to have entered Great Britain and
therefore could not be handed an arrest warrant.

He had been planning to raise funds in the country for a children's
village for severely disabled children that he plans to build in the
Negev.

The request for Almog's arrest was issued by Judge Timothy Workman in
London, at the request of the firm of Hickman and Rose, which
specializes in human rights law. Almog was apparently suspected by the
London authorities of gravely violating the Geneva Convention, a
criminal violation according to British law.

The warrant was issued based on one incident - demolition of a home in
Rafah
- but the attorneys also seek to investigate allegations
concerning Almog's involvement in three other cases: the killing of a
woman in her ninth month of pregnancy (Nouha al-Maqadam, March 3, 2003);
the killing of three young men in northern Gaza on December 30, 2001;
and the bombing of the Daraj neighborhood in Gaza on July 22, 2002,
which killed Hamas' military head Salah Shehadeh and 14 other
Palestinians
.

Last month Hickman and Rose learned of Almog's planned visit to Britain,
and it submitted to Judge Workman information about the Israeli's
alleged involvement in various crimes. As representatives of the
families of the victims, Hickman and Rose decided to arrange for Almog
to be arrested. The firm worked closely over the past months with the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, which documents IDF
operations there.

One of the partners in the firm is Daniel Machover, who has dual British
and Israeli citizenship
. Machover told Haaretz on Sunday that his
clients and his firm "were deeply sorry that Almog slipped away from the
British justice system, but the fact that he feels that he cannot stand
up to it, is at least significant in showing that there is no immunity
for war criminals in Britain."

Three years ago the Israeli embassy in Britain spirited Shaul Mofaz out
of the country to evade an arrest warrant for war crimes, which was
issued at the instigation of a Muslim organization. Israel later managed
to terminate the legal process against Mofaz, who visited the U.K. as
defense minister.

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