Spanish Judge requests to question Chinese leaders over Tibet

Dharamsala, May 6 – A judge in Spain said he has requested to interrogate eight Chinese political and military leaders about possible crimes against humanity in Tibet, according to reports.

Zhang Qingli, Chinese Communist Party Secretary in Tibet (File photo)The suspects named by Spanish Judge Santiago Pedraz include Chinese Defence Minister Lian Guanglie, State Security Minister Geng Huichang and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhm, a report by Deutsche Press Agentur said yesterday.

Other Chinese officials named for interrogation were Communist Party Secretary in Tibet Zhang Qingli, Politburo member Wang Lequan, Ethnic Affairs Commission head Li Dezhu, People’s Liberation Army Commander in Lhasa General Tong Guishan and Zhang Guihua, political commissar in the Chengdu military command.

Wang Lequan, Politburo member and Communist Party Secretary in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) Of them, Zhang Qingli, Wang Lequan and Li Dezhu have been reportedly associated as principal architects of Chinese repression in Tibet and other restive ethnic minorities.

Spain’s National Court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, accepted to hear a lawsuit filed by Tibet Support Groups on July 9 last year. It was admitted under the principle of “universal competence” adopted by the Spanish judiciary in 2005 and under which Spanish courts can hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity wherever they occur and whatever the nationality of the defendant.

China, however, hit back at Spain which it accused of trying to interfere in its administration of the Himalayan region.

Li Dezhu, Chinese Communist Party’s racial theoreticianThe lawsuit claims that the repression last year in Tibet had resulted in the death of about 200 Tibetans and disappearance of nearly 6,000, while 1,000 people were seriously injured.

The Tibet population was persecuted for ‘motives which have been universally recognized as unacceptable,’ the judge said in a document after hearing witnesses.

Pedraz said he could interrogate the suspects at his National Court in Spain, or before a Chinese court.

Another National Court judge is currently investigating an alleged genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 90s which was testified before it by three former Tibetan political prisoners, Palden Gyatso; Jampel Monlam and Bhagdro.

Spain’s National Court has investigated a string of alleged human rights crimes in other countries, arguing that they fall under universal jurisdiction.

A Spanish lawyer Dr Jose Elias Esteve and Alan Cantos of Comité de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)were in India in February last year to ask Tibetans to testify before the Spanish court after India refused to set up a Rogatory Commission that would allow the Tibetans to testify in India, according to a report by Asian Age dated Febraury 17, 2008.

India, which is home to over one lakh Tibetan refugees, is the only country with a sizeable Tibetan population not to cooperate with the Spanish investigation. The United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands have agreed to assist in the case. “The reply from the Indian government was devastating, as it concludes by saying that India does not recognise the principle of universal jurisdiction. It argued that the apparent crimes had not been committed on Spanish soil, so Spanish courts were not competent to try them,” Asian Age quoted Jose as saying.

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