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War Criminals

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they plan to introduce legislation that would require the Attorney-General's consent to issue warrants for the arrest of suspected war criminals in the United Kingdom; and [HL5779]

Whether they have received representations from any other Government for United Kingdom law to be amended in relation to the arrest of war crimes suspects. [HL5780]

The prosecution of certain offences, including war crimes and other offences under Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001, requires the consent of either the Attorney-General or the Director of Public Prosecutions. Such consent is not required for the issue of an arrest warrant itself. The Government are continuing to consider whether and, if so, how to change the law in this area. Any proposals for legislation would be announced to Parliament in the normal way.

The Israeli Government have previously raised the Almog case. The content of those discussions is confidential.