China tells Spain to prevent Tibet-related lawsuits
BEIJING, Feb 7 (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry called
on Spain on Friday to prevent the launch of further lawsuits
region of Tibet.
Two Tibetan support groups and a monk with Spanish
nationality brought a case against former Chinese president
Jiang Zemin and ex-prime minister Li Peng in 2006 over
allegations they committed genocide in Tibet.
They were using a Spanish law which allows suspects to be
tried for human rights abuses committed abroad when a Spanish
victim is involved.
The two former leaders and three other high-ranking
officials who worked in the government in the 1980s and 1990s,
are accused of human rights abuses in the Himalayan region.
In the latest move in the case, a Spanish judge this week
rejected an appeal by the public prosecutor against the issuing
of arrest warrants for Jiang and Li, originally made in
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Beijing was