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Monday, June 06, 2011

Report: Shalit family goes to Paris court for Shalit

The Hebrew press is reporting that Noam and Aviva Shalit are going to a Paris court to ask for an investigation as to who is responsible for their son Gilad Shalit's kidnapping, and for an international arrest warrant against them.

Gilad Shalit is a French citizen, and French law allows anyone be prosecuted anywhere in the world if they perform a serious felony against a French citizen.

Shalit's father said, "We appeal to the French legal system as a neutral and independent entity. We cannot do this in Israel. We asked the court to investigate crimes and to investigate the people who kidnapped my son, holding him hostage for five years in solitary confinement, without any basic human rights. "

"We had to go to court because my son's kidnappers ignored for years any international calls to release him on humanitarian grounds," said Shalit, "including the European Parliament's calls for a majority vote, Congress in Washington in two houses, the German Bundestag, the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the United States Obama, and German Chancellor Merkel. " Shalit added that the kidnappers refuse to accept compromise proposals offered by the generous German mediator, the German government envoy, and that they refuse to allow any access to Gilad by the International Red Cross, or any other humanitarian body.

Hamas admits that they hold Shalit, so I'm not sure why it is important for the legal action to identify who is responsible for the kidnapping and why the Shalits cannot call for an arrest warrant against all Hamas leaders.