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|lawsuit against Sharon|
|06/10/01 at 16:41:42|
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..found this pretty interesting..read on
Case against Sharon mounts
Daily Star staff
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, on the verge of
unleashing his army against the Palestinian
territories in retaliation for last week’s deadly
suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, could soon find himself
standing trial for a war crime committed against
Palestinian refugees 19 years ago.
Two lawyers, a Lebanese and a Belgian, filed a law
suit on Monday in a Belgian court charging Sharon with
responsibility for the war crime of the massacre of
Palestinian refugees in Sabra and Shatila in 1982.
Sharon then Israeli defense minister planned and
implemented the 1982 invasion and ordered the
subsequent siege of West Beirut in which daily air
raids and artillery bombardments caused thousands of
He also allowed Christian militias to enter the
Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila to
ferret out possible Palestinian guerrillas. Up to
2,000 Palestinians and Lebanese were slaughtered by
the militiamen over a three-day period while the
Israeli Army surrounded the camp. It is the Sabra and
Shatila massacre for which Sharon is being sued.
Heads of state have long benefited from diplomatic
immunity and the absence of legal mechanisms to indict
them for crimes in office.
But when former Chilean dictator and senator for
life Augusto Pinochet was arrested in 1998 by
British police and summoned to court for “crimes of
genocide and terrorism,” the world was stunned.
Britain’s Law Lords created a legal precedent to bring
dictators and accused war criminals to justice.
“The law in Europe has changed a lot with Pinochet’s
arrest, Milosevic, the Rwanda criminal tribunals, and
the wider definition of jurisdiction,” said Chibli
Mallat, a Lebanese constitutional lawyer who, along
with Belgian lawyer Michael Verhaeghe, is
participating in the law suit.
Mallat, who teaches European Law at Universite Saint
Joseph, said heads of state could be prosecuted under
a 1993 Belgian law modified in 1999 which expanded
the concept of jurisdiction in cases of crimes
“universally recognized and not subject to the statute
of limitations. Normally, an action is only considered
criminal (and prosecutable) if it takes place on the
national territory or if the victims are nationals,”
In the case of the Sabra and Shatila massacres some of
the victims or descendants of the victims may have
acquired Belgian nationality. “But that is not the
real issue,” Mallat said.
For Mallat, the case is part of a greater
international effort to establish courts to bring
heads and former heads of state accused of war crimes
The law suit, according to Mallat and Rosemary Sayigh
an anthropologist and researcher who is also working
on the case is strong in two ways: the first, it is
being filed in a country that has discarded immunity
for heads-of-state and has widened its definition of
And secondly, for the first time there are Palestinian
witnesses 30 in all willing to testify and whose
affidavits have been remitted. “Finding witnesses
wasn’t easy,” Sayigh said. “Our luck was to find
someone from the camps who was professional and ready
That someone was Sana Hussein, a Palestinian refugee
herself. She tracked down the survivors, took their
testimonies and wrote the reports which, Mallat said,
required more than registering the statements. They
had to be standardized, accompanied by proper
identification, and formulated in a convincing style.
In the past, journalists, medical personnel and
Israeli soldiers were the ones to describe the
terrible events of Sept. 15-18, 1982.
“Victims have been the forgotten voice,” Sayigh said.
Most witnesses were unable to speak out in the past
for various reasons. Some still cannot. Sayigh
described one woman who was unwilling to talk because
she had lost her whole family: “She said that when she
talked about it she felt ill for days.”
Mallat and Sayigh have been working on Palestinian
issues for years. Sayigh came from England in 1953.
She first worked as a journalist, married Youssef
Sayigh, a prominent Palestinian professor and former
economic advisor to Yasser Arafat. She has written two
books on Palestinian issues, and started her second
book, Too Many Enemies, immediately after the
On this specific law suit, she has been working with
Mallat for four months “with a great sense of urgency
because Sharon was scheduled to go to Belgium this
month,” Mallat explained.
Sharon canceled his trip, which some interpreted as a
result of the uncertainty caused by the law suit. But
the official reason was Friday night’s deadly
suicide-bomb outside a disco in Tel Aviv, killing 20
“We should expect a lot of empty talk now about the
timing of the law suit, about Arafat, about Hamas …
which is fine,” Mallat said. “But that doesn’t amount
to much when it comes to Sharon’s personal
responsibility (in the 1982 massacres).”
Mallat said the Israeli government’s investigation
the Kahane Commission accused Sharon of “bearing
personal responsibility” in the massacres and that the
media had later distorted this into “indirect
“Irrespective of our political position,” he said,
“there are acts that should disqualify a person from
the political scene.”
Asked whether he really believes that Israel or the
United States would ever allow a senior Israeli
official to be indicted by a European court, Mallat
seemed optimistic. “I don’t think we should despair
that quickly, even of the US and Israel … We have a
lot of people working on the case … and it’s a case
that everyone, including Israelis, agree on.
“The key is legal, because the law has teeth,” he
continued. “If we do it right, and if the
professionalism continues, this can be an
extraordinary thing for the Middle East … Our goal is
a wider movement on the European front. I think legal
systems should be tested.”
|Re: lawsuit against Sharon|
|06/10/01 at 22:10:55|
I feel hopeless. I don't think that anything will happen. :(
But if he escapes justice in this world, he won't escape it in the next inshallah.
|Re: lawsuit against Sharon|
|06/10/01 at 22:18:45|
I was reading in some article by Dr. Zakir Naik, how Allah is capable of carrying out justice much much more than we human beings are.
We at the most can punish these people once by killing them. But Allah can burn them in hellfire as manytimes as He wishes to. For when the skin burns out completely He will replenish them with new and fresh skins, so they face unending torment. So if Hitler killed 600,000 people, Allah canburn him 600,000 times in hellfire!
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