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Jiang Zemin

Born in 1926 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, Jiang Zemin graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a degree in electronic engineering, and rose up in state-owned factories and government agencies overseeing industries. He was promoted to China's top power bench soon after the bloody crackdown on student movement in Beijing in 1989, becoming general secretary of the Party and chairman of its Central Military Commission. He became president in 1993. He held on to the military chief job for two more years even after handing Party leadership and presidency to successor Hu Jintao in 2002-2003. He is believed to still wield massive influence on Chinese politics a decade after his retirement. 


Spain orders arrest of China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin

Spanish court issues international arrest warrant for ex-president and three others over actions in Tibet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 10:14am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 11:56am

A Spanish court on Tuesday issued an international arrest warrant for China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin in a case brought by activists alleging that Chinese forces committed genocide in Tibet.

Tibetan rights groups brought the case against Jiang, former prime minister Li Peng and three other Chinese officials, alleging they were responsible for “genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and terrorism” against Tibetans in the 1980s and 1990s.

Spain’s National Court issued the arrest warrant under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, which allows its courts to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

It accepted the case because one of the plaintiffs, Tibetan exile Thubten Wangchen, has Spanish nationality, and the Chinese courts have not investigated the allegations.

The National Court wrote in a ruling released on Tuesday that there were “indications of participation” by the accused in the alleged crimes “given the political or military responsibility” they held at the time.

On those grounds the court said it “considered it necessary to approve the issuing of international arrest warrants” against the five.

The three other defendants are China’s former state security chief Qiao Shi; the Communist Party’s leader in Tibet at the time, Chen Kuiyan; and Peng Pelyun, minister for family planning in the 1980s.

The Spanish court has also agreed to investigate a charge of repression in Tibet brought against China’s most recent ex-president Hu Jintao, who left office last year.



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Spain is a symbol of genocide in Central and South America (and maybe the Philippines).
Spain is losing they economie strenght and now they blow the chinese investment away.
Any ransom :D?
ViVA Spain!
ViVa Barcelona!!!
That's a welcoming development.
I really doubt those people who commented on this issue have some knowledge of what really happened in Tibet at that time. Or do they really care what really happened? Have they ever been to Tibet or China? Have they any knowledge of Chinese history? Or they just buy whatever they are told by their so called democratic media or government? It is not only Chinese people who are brainwashed. So is everyone in any other country. There is sooooo much we need to know before we can comment.
Starting with you. Brainwash can be done in both direction. The ones who accuse others of being brainwashed most probably have been brainwashed as well.
I know China, I know China's History, I know Tibet and I know the Dalai Lama, the former self called God in a feudal god state, his story and his friendship with the CIA in the past and his politcal doctrin, and his every since attemps to persuade the world in taking action against China in displaying him as a pop star, so don't try to lecture me with your brainwashed stories.
LOL, coming from a bankrupt people whose ancestors killed off countless Native Americans and Filipinos. Come on China, issue a travel ban and place all business/trade deals on hold, put them in their place.....
It's good to know a western country can stand up against this great bully, but why spain? what is their ulterior motive? why now (which is too late, those guys are dying soon anyway), why not get xi jiping and CY Leung as well? To me this arrest order looks more like a publicity stunt than the real thing.




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