The General Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland is considering criminal charges against the former Minister of foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni, contained in a lawsuit filed by human rights organization Urgence Palestine, headquartered in Geneva. Livni was charged with war crimes allegedly committed by the IDF during its tenure.
This week, ex-Minister of foreign Affairs visited the city of Lugano, located in southern Switzerland, where on may 28 held a festive event organized by the Swiss-Israeli Association in connection with the 69th anniversary of the founding of Israel, writes the Swiss edition of Info with reference to the newspaper Le Temps.
Livni is one of the defendants in criminal investigation devoted to the operation «Cast lead», which was held in the Gaza strip in December 2008- January 2009, the Israel defense forces. The victims of this campaign are 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. In that period the Rainfall was also acting Prime Minister of Israel.
Currently, Showers is on the way to Italy. It remains unclear whether to apply it in relation to any administrative measures Swiss law enforcement authorities, if she will visit Lugano on our way back tonight.
The representative of the Swiss nongovernmental organization Trial International, which fights impunity in respect of war crimes, said in an interview with SwissInfo, what steps should be taken: «Switzerland is obliged to investigate alleged war crimes if the suspects are in the country – in accordance with Swiss law and taking into account the gravity of the crimes committed during operation Cast lead.
We will remind that in January of this year, Livni canceled a visit to Belgium for fear of being arrested upon arrival in Brussels, and in 2009 a trip to London on similar charges.