Lawyers in Britain want to prosecute the pontiff – as head of Vatican state – under international law for the sex abuses.

Move by British lawyers to prosecute pope over abuses - Comment on 2010 April 5

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2010 April 5
Although Benedict has not been accused of any crime, senior British lawyers are now examining whether he should have immunity as a head of state and whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up. Read more:

Today, the 5th of April 2010, I read the following news:

Move by British lawyers to prosecute pope over abuses

Meanwhile, some lawyers in Britain want to prosecute the pontiff – as head of Vatican state – under international law for the sex abuses.

The pontiff and other church leaders have been assailed by accusations from victims of sexual abuse which claim the pontiff helped shape and perpetuate a climate of cover-up towards crimes by the clergy against children.

In Britain, protests are growing against the pope’s planned trip with some lawyers questioning whether the Vatican’s implicit statehood status should shield Benedict from prosecution over sex crimes by priests.

More than 10 000 people have signed a petition on Downing Street’s website against the pope’s four-day visit to England and Scotland in September, which will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £15 million.

Although Benedict has not been accused of any crime, senior British lawyers are now examining whether he should have immunity as a head of state and whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up.

Universal jurisdiction – a concept in international law – allows judges to issue warrants for nearly any visitor accused of grievous crimes, no matter where they live.

 

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