Hawks eye former Israeli minister Livni

Jan 18, 2011 11:46 PM | By Sapa

The Hawks have deliberated whether there were grounds to apply for an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, due in South Africa this month, for her role in the 2008-200909 Gaza war.


Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

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“We are deliberating … no decision has been taken. We are looking into whether there is any evidence that would warrant us to act,” said Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela.

The Palestinian Solidarity Alliance, the Media Review Network and Lawyers for Human Rights are calling on the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority to arrest Livni. The SA Jewish Board of Deputies invited her to talk in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Polela said: “We have to evaluate. If there is evidence strong enough to issue or obtain a warrant … we then have to look into whether she has [diplomatic] immunity.”

The investigator would meet Hawks boss Anwa Dramat today, when a decision was likely to be taken. NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga confirmed receipt of the request but referred all media queries to the Hawks.

After the Gaza war, the Palestinian Solidarity Alliance and the Media Review Network submitted a 3000-page dossier to the NPA, citing Livni as one of the “key architects” of the onslaught on Gaza’s civilian population, said network chairman, Iqbal Jassat.

“We are encouraged by the support [of] Cosatu and Amnesty International,” said Jassat. “We feel encouraged and hope the government will consider the negative fallout if such a visit does go ahead, especially given the support of the ANC for the Palestinian people.”

Hawks eye former Israeli minister Livni – Times LIVE.

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