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China slams Spanish court warrants for ex-leaders

February 11, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has criticized a Spanish court for issuing arrest warrants for former Chinese leaders and hinted that such a move could hurt bilateral relations.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday at a routine briefing that the government was “strongly displeased with and opposed” the Spanish National Court’s move to issue the warrants.

Hua says Beijing “hopes the Spanish government can make the right judgment and properly handle the relevant issue.”

The warrants are for several former Chinese leaders and are part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.

The court is acting on the principle of universal justice in a case brought by Spanish pro-Tibetan groups. The warrants mean the Chinese leaders face possible arrest if they travel abroad.

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