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Spanish court investigates Chinese leaders for Tibet repression

August 8, 2008

Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA (Germany)
Aug 5, 2008, 12:52 GMT

Madrid - Spain's National Court on Tuesday launched an investigation
into possible crimes against humanity in Tibet, indicting seven
Chinese political and military leaders three days ahead of the
Beijing Olympic Games.

Judge Santiago Pedraz accepted a complaint lodged by several groups
including the Tibet Support Committee and Tubten Wanghen Sherpa Sherpa.

The groups accuse China of a 'generalized and systematic attack'
against the Tibetan population since March 10.

The repression has led to the deaths of 203 people and to the
disappearances of nearly 6,000, while 1,000 people were seriously
injured, according to the complaint.

Those indicted were Chinese Defence Minister Lian Guanglie, State
Security Minister Geng Huichang, Chinese Communist Party Secretary
for Tibet Zhang Qingli, Politbureau member Wang Lequan, Ethnic
Affairs Commission leader Li Dezhu, Lhasa Popular Liberation Army
Commander Tong Guishan and Chengdu military commando political
commissioner Zhan Guihua.

Pedraz called as witnesses several members of the Tibetan government
in exile and the author of a recent Amnesty International report on Tibet.

Another National Court judge is currently investigating an alleged
genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 90s.

The Spanish judiciary deems itself competent to deal with human
rights crimes, which fall under universal jurisdiction.

Its best-known attempts to tackle such crimes included a vain attempt
to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the late 1990s.
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