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14 May 2013


Prosecutor Dismisses War Crimes Case against Riwal [Israel & Palestine]

Today, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced the decision to dismiss the case against Lima Holding B.V., Riwal's parent company, for involvement in Israeli war crimes...According to the complaint, filed in 2010 in the Netherlands by Advocate Liesbeth Zegveld on behalf of Al-Haq, the Dutch company participated in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by virtue of its contribution to Israel's illegal practices in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. While Al-Haq is disappointed with the decision of the Prosecutor not to pursue criminal charges at this time, we welcome the important steps taken by the Prosecution in investigating the complaint for three years...Having established that the company and its directors contributed to the construction of the Annexation Wall and Israeli settlements in the OPT in at least the six incidents identified in the complaint...[T]he Prosecutor weighed Riwal's contribution against the entire settlement enterprise...the Prosecutor consequently deemed the contribution of the defendants minor.