Spanish court indicts dictator
No, not that dictator...
Spanish Court Indicts Dictator
We welcome the decision by Spain's National Court to hear genocide charges against former Chinese dictator, Hu Jintao.
Yet, the same Spanish courts recently declined to uphold a judicial investigation -- stating lack of jurisdiction -- into the alleged murder of Cuban democracy leader, Oswaldo Paya, who held dual Spanish citizenship.
How could Spain's courts have "universal jurisdiction" (or "universal competence") to preside against Hu Jintao, but not against Castro regime officials?
As The Washington Post's Editorial Board correctly asserted in August 2013, Spain has a "universal" obligation to pursue an investigation into Paya's death.
It's time to appeal the Paya case. No more hypocrisy.
From South China Morning Post:
Spanish court indicts China's ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges
Spain’s National Court has agreed to hear charges of genocide against former Chinese President Hu Jintao.
On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.
The court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, argued that the earlier decision had to be overturned because one of the plaintiffs, Thubten Wangchen, is a Spanish citizen and because China had not carried out its own investigation into the allegations.
Spanish courts can hear cases of crimes against humanity wherever they occur outside its national territory on the legal principle of universal competence. In 2009, the universality was limited to cases in which Spanish citizens are victims of such crimes.
The court’s decision follows lengthy proceedings which started in 2008, when Tibetan activist groups, one of them headed by Wangchen, asked the court to hold seven Chinese state leaders, including former President Jiang Zemin and former Premier Li Peng, responsible for crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Chinese government in Tibet. China denounced the trial proceedings.