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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:07 AM

Belgium Scraps War Crimes Law Which Angered U.S.


Belgium said Saturday it has decided to scrap a controversial war crimes law which has seen cases launched against President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said his new government, sworn in Saturday, has decided as one of its first acts to scrap the law which has angered the United States.

He told a news conference the move was aimed at preventing abuses of the law, which has also seen a case launched against British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


In future, the right to launch cases would be restricted to Belgians or people resident in the country. All cases apart from those involving Belgians would be dropped, he said.

The norms of international immunity would also be respected. Any cases that were launched would take into account Belgium's agreements with NATO allies and other European Union members.

All I can say is it is about time that Belgium woke up and saw the potential for abuse that existed in this law.
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Posted 14 July 2003 - 04:09 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmm.......... that did my heart some good. Thanks for posting CJ!
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