Israeli official cancels Spain trip, fears arrest

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 12:15 PM
Israeli official cancels Spain trip, fears arrest

An aide to Israel's former internal security chief says his boss has canceled a trip to Spain for fear he could be arrested for alleged war crimes.

Avi Dichter, now a parliament member, was supposed to head an Israeli delegation to a peace conference in Spain beginning Thursday.

Dichter faced charges of crimes against humanity in Spain for his role in a 2002 airstrike that killed a Hamas commander and 14 civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The court dropped the suit, but Dichter spokesman Nisan Zeevi said Tuesday that Spain could not guarantee Dichter would not be arrested.

Pro-Palestinian lawyers have filed a number of war crimes charges against Israeli officials in European courts. No cases have gone ahead, but officials have canceled trips for fear of arrest.