Spanish Foreign Ministry: Administration Does not Interfere with Judiciary

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The Spanish National Court recently indicted five high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials – former Communist Party head Jiang Zemin and his followers Luo Gan, Bo Xilai, Jia Qinglin and Wu Guanzheng – on charges of genocide and torture of Falun Gong practitioners. Spokeswoman María Salcedo of Spain's General Department of Foreign Policy for Asia and the Pacific, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said on November 27, 2009 that Spain is a democratic country and the administration does not interfere with the judiciary.

The Plaintiff's lawyer Carlos Iglesias confirmed on November 19 that the Spanish National Court issued summons to the five CCP officials and asked them to explain their genocidal conduct, including live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners for lucrative profit. The court can make a default judgment and the defendants would then face international warrants and extradition to Spain, as well as over 20-year prison sentences.

The Spanish court made the decision based on the Universal Jurisdiction of international law. Universal Jurisdiction applies to crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. Once the ruling is issued, it has the permanent effect of law.

For this principle to have applied, the crimes of Jiang and the other CCP officials were extremely severe. As a result, any country can punish the defendants. Over a decade ago, the Spanish court asked Britain to extradite Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile.

In 2006, China and Spain signed an extradition treaty. This case is expected to deliver a shock to the CCP regime, which has not yet made any response.

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