Spain Continues Probe into Gaza Terrorist Assassination
Spanish judge Fernando Andreu revealed Monday that he plans to continue a probe of the IDF assassination of Hamas arch-terrorist Salah Shehadeh in 2002. The case will continue even though Spanish prosecutors filed a request to freeze the investigation due to the existence of a similar investigation in Israel.
Andreu said he had found no similar investigation taking place in Israel, and so will continue his own investigation. Spanish law allows Spain to investigate and prosecute alleged violations of international law even if the offenses took place outside Spanish territory and did not involve Spanish citizens.
Shehadeh was killed in an airstrike on his Gaza home, along with fellow terrorist Zaher Nasser. Thirteen other people, among them Shehadeh's wife and a daughter, were killed in the blast as well.
The Spanish probe is pursuing allegations that Israel committed a war crime by going ahead with the targeted killing despite the fact that Shehadeh lived in a densely crowded area, increasing the risk of civilian casualties.
Suspects in the probe include former IAF commander Dan Halutz, former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter, former IDF Southern Command head Doron Almog, former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon, former Defense Ministry official Mike Herzog, and former National Security Council head Giora Eiland.
Several of the suspects currently hold senior positions in the IDF or the cabinet.