Consortium News:ㅤCensored: Keir Starmer’s Emails About Israeli War Crimes Case

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Consortium News:ㅤCensored: Keir Starmer’s Emails About Israeli War Crimes Case

27-03-24 06:00:00,

The Crown Prosecution Service won’t release files on how the Labour leader blocked a former Israeli official’s arrest over alleged war crimes in Gaza in 2008, John McEvoy reports.

The U.K. Labour Party leader in his London office, October 2023. (Keir Starmer, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

By John McEvoy
Declassified UK

  • The coalition government changed U.K. law in 2011 to enable Israeli ministers accused of crimes to visit Britain without fear of prosecution.

  • Declassified asks the CPS to conduct an internal review into its decision to censor the Starmer emails.

In October 2011, Keir Starmer, now the leader of the Labour Party, was asked by a human rights group and law firm to issue an arrest warrant for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who was visiting London, over alleged war crimes.

Starmer was then director of public prosecutions (DPP) at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). But two days later, he blocked the application for Livni’s arrest, citing a Foreign Office decision to grant her visit “special mission” status.

Declassified recently submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request asking for all communications to and from Starmer’s office regarding the case.

These files could shine a crucial light on the discussions which led to Livni’s escape from prosecution.

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