October 6, 2011
Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni will meet Foreign Secretary William Hague in Britain today in the first test of new laws governing arrest warrants for war crimes.
Ms Livni was forced to cancel a visit to the UK in December 2009 after a British court issued a warrant for her arrest.
But an Act recently passed by Parliament introduced a new requirement aimed at preventing the courts being used for political purposes.
The change has paved the way for Ms Livni’s visit, which was announced on Monday night at a Conservative Party conference fringe event. Speaking earlier at a Conservative Friends of Israel meeting, director Stuart Polak said Ms Livni always planned to come to the UK once there had been a change in the law to prevent her being arrested for political capital.