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Spanish Court to Consider Charges Against China by Pro-Tibetan Group


A Spanish court has agreed to consider a lawsuit by a locally-based pro-Tibetan group that is seeking to file genocide and crimes against humanity charges against China over its policies in Tibet.

The Madrid-based Committee to Support Tibet filed the complaint last June, citing Spanish laws that allow prosecution of crimes committed in other countries. The group accuses former President Jiang Zemin, former Prime Minister Li Peng and five other Chinese officials of authorizing massacres and torture in Tibet.

The group says more than one million Tibetans have been killed or have disappeared since China invaded Tibet in 1949 and annexed it in 1951.

Spain's National Court adopted the so-called principle of universal jurisdiction in 1998.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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