A Spanish High Court Judge has asked Interpol to
issue an arrest order seeking Jiang Zemin’s arrest.
He is to be detained on allegations of
Genocide, torture and crimes against humanity.
On February 7, China’s Foreign Ministry called
on Spain to prevent further lawsuits that seek
to investigate alleged rights abuses in Tibet.
The Spanish Judge’s order is based on charges brought
by Tibetan rights groups in Spain under universal jurisdiction.
The order will lead to the prompt arrest
of Jiang in the event of him leaving China.
On February 10, Reuters reported that Spanish High Court
Judge Ismael Moreno requested Interpol to issue orders
for the detention of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
The order also requested the detention of China’s
former Premier Li Peng and former Politburo
Standing Committee member Qiao Shi.
In addition, it also included former secretary of CCP
Tibet Committee Chen Kuiyuan, and former State
Family Planning Commission Director Peng Peiyun.
The case was reportedly brought
by two Tibetan rights groups.
This included a Tibetan monk who holds Spanish
citizenship, charging former CCP leaders Jiang Zemin
and Li Peng with crimes against humanity in 2006.
They accused the five defendants of actively
enforcing implementation of Han population
settling in the Tibetan autonomous region.
Allegations also included illegal torture
and ill-treatment of thousands of Tibetans.
Judge Moreno wrote in the order, that “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.”
Dawa Tsering, Director of the Religious Foundation
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taipei: “This
inhumanity and the extinction of Tibetan culture has
always existed under the rule of the Communist regime.
Every leader in the Communist regime has been involved.
Of course, it is very good for us to hear such support from
the international community to maintain universal values.”
Spanish rules allow judges to pursue
cases under universal jurisdiction.
This includes the principle that crimes against
humanity can be prosecuted across borders.
Dawa Tsering: “Many countries are pursuing
China’s economy, at the cost of moral responsibility.
Under the current situation, where no country is willing to
provoke China, the Spainish court’s ruling with a warrant
to arrest the regime’s evil leaders, is a great historic act.
It discards trade, and insists on
international laws and universal values.”
Reuters reported that this is the same concept
used by former Judge Baltasar Garzon.
This brought about the arrest of Chile’s former
dictator Augusto Pinochet in London in 1998.
Xia Ming, Political Science Professor, City
University of New York: “The Communist
regime has exploited its economic power.
It has bought out media to build its global image.
Regarding human rights issues in China, whether
it is the persecution of the underground church,
Tibetans Buddhists, the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang,
or Falun Gong, the Communist regime wouldn’t budge.
It demanded the alliance of the Western
countries, headed by the United States.”
Dawa Tsering: “The CCP would always
refer this as foreign anti-China forces.
It’s a warning to Communist leaders and those unscrupulous
officials violating human rights and the general population.
There are righteous people watching.”
In fact, this is not the first time the Spanish court
has issued an arrest warrant against Jiang Zemin.
As early as November 28, 2009, Spain’s National Court
ruled to charge five Communist officials for Genocide,
torture, and executing the persecution of Falun Gong.
These five officials were Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan,
Bo Xilai, Jia Qinglin, and Wu Guanzheng.
After two years of investigation of the case,
Judge Ismael Moreno notified the Human
Rights Law Foundation in November 2009.
The court accepted charges of Genocide and torture in
the case filed against five high-ranking CCP officials.
This was for their role in the persecution of Falun Gong.
The Chinese Communist regime began
to crackdown on Falun Gong in 1999.
Falun Gong practitioners in the international community
have brought lawsuits against a total of 30 high-ranking
Communist Party officials for their roles in the persecution.
Among them, the most accused is
Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution.