UK PM sought to limit war crimes arrest warrants

On March 4, 2010, United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed tighter restrictions on the use of politically motivated arrest warrants for foreign leaders accused of war crimes. Brown said that he would seek to limit "the evidential basis on which arrest warrants can be allowed" and to restrict the right to refer universal jurisdiction crimes to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Writing about the UK's policy of universal jurisdiction, Brown explained that he sought to introduce the changes because "there is now significant danger of such a provision being exploited by politically-motivated organisations or individuals." Other countries, such as Spain and France, have also moved to limit the reach of their universal jurisdiction statutes since October 2009.

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