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Spain probes former Chinese president over Tibet 'genocide'

Published on Oct 11, 2013 6:20 PM
 
A Spanish court has agreed to hear a lawsuit against former Chinese president Hu Jintao (above) as part of an investigation into whether he carried out a genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a judicial decree. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish court has agreed to hear a lawsuit against former Chinese president Hu Jintao as part of an investigation into whether he carried out a genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a judicial decree.

The court decided to hear the complaint against Hu after accepting an appeal against a decision by Judge Ismael Moreno, who in June had rejected it, according to the decree published on Thursday.

Since 2006, Mr Moreno has been hearing a lawsuit for genocide against various former Chinese leaders over the repression carried out in Tibet in the 1980s and 1990s.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the Tibet Support Committee, targeted seven past Chinese leaders, among them former president Jiang Zemin and former prime minister Li Peng.

 
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