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Born in 1942 and Chinese president since 2003, Anhui native Hu Jintao had been posted to Gansu, Guizhou and Tibet during his climb up the party ranks, and first became a member of the Politburo’s standing committee in 1992. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1964 with a degree in engineering. The Communist Youth League is known to be a staunch supporter of Hu. He retired as General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012, and expected to handover presidency of the PRC to Xi Jinping in the spring of 2013. 

 

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Spanish court indicts China's ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 October, 2013, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 October, 2013, 4:23pm

Spain’s National Court has agreed to hear charges of genocide against former Chinese President Hu Jintao.

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

The court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, argued that the earlier decision had to be overturned because one of the plaintiffs, Thubten Wangchen, is a Spanish citizen and because China had not carried out its own investigation into the allegations.

“There’ll be some sort of diplomatic reaction,” said Nina Jorgensen, an associate professor at the Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law. “China has been very much against these proceedings.”

“But in all likelihood, not a lot will happen,” she cautioned. “The case brings attention to the issue and gives the victims at least an opportunity to bring attention to their claims.”

Spanish courts can hear cases of crimes against humanity wherever they occur outside its national territory on the legal principle of universal competence. In 2009, the universality was limited to cases in which Spanish citizens are victims of such crimes.

The court’s decision follows lengthy proceedings which started in 2008, when Tibetan activist groups, one of them headed by Wangchen, asked the court to hold seven Chinese state leaders, including former President Jiang Zemin and former Premier Li Peng, responsible for crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Chinese government in Tibet. China denounced the trial proceedings.

Hu Jintao served as Communist Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region between 1988 and 1992, overseeing a crackdown on anti-Chinese riots in 1989.

The court “recognises that this genocide is against the country of Tibet and against the Tibetan nation, and the judges recognise that this indictment of Hu Jintao comes at the precise judicial moment ‘when his diplomatic immunity expires’”, the Madrid-based Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement.

 

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yapfamily
Since when did Spain’s National Court become the authority in genocide? When do it have legal jurisdiction to rule over citizen of another country? Why don't it focus on getting its country in shape, and consider prosecuting those politicians who got the country in trouble.
andreaswagner
Any country on this planet has jurisdiction when it comes to crimes against humanity. So also in the case of Hu, aka the 'Butcher of Lhasa'. Get an education.
lpc1998
Presumably, Spain had committed so many genocides in the heydays of the Spanish Empire (which lasted over 500 years) that some people (especially judges) in Spain believe that they are competent global authority on genocides. The Spanish were reported to have killed many Native American babies to prevent them from going to Hell by sending them to the Purgatory. They believed that innocent babies with unsaved souls when they died would go to the Purgatory whereas adult unbelieving Native Americans would certainly go to Hell. The then Spanish superpower believed they possessed the Eternal Truth and under divine orders to impose them on all non-believers wherever these non-believers might be by whatever means including violence. For today’s superpower, instead Eternal Truth, it has Universal Values. The odd thing here is that true universal values, by definition, are those practiced by people all over the world and do not need imposition from outside powers.
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321manu
Well then, hey, maybe you should file a court case in some court in China against those perpetrators in the Spanish Empire. It's ok that they're long dead; some Chinese court can try them posthumously, based on apparent evidence of what "presumably" occurred. But man, if ever anyone was going to try to argue that a court is the organ of the state, CHina would be a good start. That, and the fact the PRC lacks an independent judiciary, and that trials are conducted for political expediency. Exhibit A could be Xilai/Bo for instance.
321manu
To BobbyWong,
You're asking the completely wrong question. THis is a case before a Spanish court. The only relevant question here is whether that Spanish court has the LEGAL authority to make a judgement according to Spanish law. And OMG, I hope your answer to that is yes, cuz if it isn't, then I really can't help you.
And btw, they indicted Hu, not China. So you need to get the players straight.
And finally, your repeated reference to Basques is still a tu quoque fallacious argument. It might be time you googled tu quoque to learn exactly what that is, and why it's a logical fallacy. So too is your reference to Native Americans, btw. At least you're consistent with your logical fallacies.
BobbyWong
You are a very ignorant person:
1) Since Spain is part of EU, it has no authority to delcare "Tibetan state", since the larger entity, EU, declared Tibet as an integral part of China.
2) Sovereignty immunity is a universally accepted state right. Hence, Spanish court has no jurisdiction to prosecute China.
If "tu quoque" is all you can come up with, and not refute the atrocities Spain has committed, then recognize the reason Basque was brought up to counter the moral authority that's being claimed, not an argument for legal authority.
sengssk
I imagine the Chinese Communist Party will ban anything Spain exports to China to put pressure on their politicians. I hope it starts a trade war. The WTO definitely needs to collapse.
Maria L. Yau
Thank you, Spain!
Finally one country dare to court indicts Hu in geniocide charges. I am very thankful you did it.
ennoun
So lpc998 regards Tibet as part of Chinese territory? Wonder why the Tibetans around the world disagree with him entirely. Why do many other ethnic groups, as part of China by force, can hardly wait for the day when the CCP and it's unelected leaders meet their destiny?
lpc1998
You obviously have forgotten your geography lessons from your school days. Just open an atlas and look at a political map of Asia. If you cannot see that Tibet is within the boundaries of China, you need medical help.
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