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China angered over Spain warrant for Jiang

BEIJING -- Beijing expressed anger on Tuesday after a Spanish judge sought arrest warrants for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other senior officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide in Tibet.

“China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to the erroneous acts taken by the Spanish agencies in disregard of China's position,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

Hua's comments came after Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno on Monday ordered Interpol to issue arrest warrants for the five for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity, in a case brought against them by human rights groups.

“Jiang exercised supervisory authority over the people who directly committed abuses, which makes him responsible for acts of torture and other major abuses of human rights perpetrated by his subordinates against the people of Tibet,” Moreno wrote in his ruling.

“He promoted and actively implemented policies whose objective was to populate the Autonomous Region of Tibet with a majority from the Han ethnic group, detain thousands of Tibetans during lengthy periods, torture the detained and submit them to other illegal abuses.”

In addition to Jiang, the judge ordered the arrest of former premier Li Peng and three others.

The High Court in November said it had accepted arguments from Spanish pro-Tibet human rights groups that the five men may have had a role in human rights abuses and should be questioned.

The case was brought by the rights groups under Spain's recognition of “universal jurisdiction,” a doctrine that allows judges to hear certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

The theory allowed Spain's former judge Baltasar Garzon to try to arrest and put on trial the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Jiang is unlikely ever to appear in a Spanish dock, but Hua blasted what she referred to as overseas groups pursuing Tibetan independence and called for the Spanish government to “see through the Dalai group's attempt to split the country,” referring to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Still, she emphasized that as China does not interfere in other countries' affairs it had no comment on how “domestic forces in Spain deal with” the issue.

“But I believe this incident concerns the sound development of bilateral relations, so we hope that the Spanish government can properly deal with this matter and tell right from wrong,” she added.

While very few probes opened under “universal jurisdiction” have seen the accused brought to trial in Spain, investigations have irritated some countries.

Last month, lawmakers from Spain's ruling Popular Party tabled a bill to limit courts' use of the doctrine.

February 12, 2014    jinyi.xu@
Good view
February 13, 2014    superkinz@
The PRC shouldn't get mad! They should just promote independence for Catalunya (Catalonia) and Euskadi (Basque Country) in return. With rampant crime and corruption in Spain, these judges have nothing better to do? Why don't they charge the former US president for his aggression against the people of Iraq?
February 13, 2014    shepherd1777@
Finally one country has the guts to stand up against PRC China. Switzerland has indicted Henry Kissinger as war criminal and set a warrant. If he ever steps into Switzerland, he will be arrested and put into jail. This is the way to defend our freedoms and democracies against the new world order illuminati.
February 14, 2014    carltanong@
Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno should instead ask himself WHY and WHO is the mastermind to force the young Tibetan for self immolation etc.......

COMMON SENSE
_The devil that committed genocide, torture and crimes against humanity is the so call UNHOLINESS Dalai Lama himself and his executioner.

The Interpol should instead investigate and interrogate Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno and those Spanish pro-Tibet human rights groups for spreading false accusation against the five.

The devil UNHOLINESS Dalai Lama should be arrested for the crime of genocide against the Tibetan that he himself perpetuated since he become King of King of Tibet butcher and abandoned the teaching of BUDDHA...

REMEMBER Judge Ismael Moreno.
A MONK IS NOT A MONK WHEN THE BLOOD THIRSTY MONK HAS EATEN THE RED MEAT...
February 14, 2014    cloggedwithguts@
Spain should look at its checkered history with their own abuse of the indigenous people of the Americas and the Inquisition before sticking their noses into other people's business. Who the hell do they think they are with this so-called "universal jurisdiction"? Do they think they're still in their own "golden era" of the 15th and 16th centuries? Wake up Spain!
February 18, 2014    rwf333@
According to Tibet.org:
430,000_died in 15 years of guerrilla fighting.
260,000 died in prison.
200 demonstrators shot without warning.
Monk immolation ?
Even if these are only half accurate they pale in comparison to:

Henry Kissinger- 1,500,000 Vietnamese humans DEAD. 500,000 still suffering from agent orange.

George Bush Jr.- 2,000,000 Iraqis DEAD

Barack Hussein Obama- who knows, he is still at it.
February 18, 2014    rwf333@
carltanong@ wrote:
Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno should instead ask himself WHY and WHO is the mastermind to force the young Tibetan for self immolation etc.......

COMMON SENSE
_The devil that committed genocide, torture and crimes against humanity is the so call UNHOLINESS Dalai Lama himself and his executioner.

The Interpol should instead investigate and interrogate Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno and those Spanish pro-Tibet human rights groups for spreading false accusation against the five.

The devil UNHOLINESS Dalai Lama should be arrested for the crime of genocide against the Tibetan that he himself perpetuated since he become King of King of Tibet butcher and abandoned the teaching of BUDDHA...

REMEMBER Judge Ismael Moreno.
A MONK IS NOT A MONK WHEN THE BLOOD THIRSTY MONK HAS EATEN THE RED MEAT...
I think the Dali Lama is not too bright but you are a delusional refugee from an insane asylum.
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