The Proof Is in the Politics
Earlier this year, a charitable foundation in Malmö called al-Aqsa Spannmål (al-Aqsa Grain) was put on trial for providing money to Hamas. Recently, the verdict was handed down by the court: acquittal.
And what was the problem?
The prosecutor had apparently used evidence provided by Israel to prove that the charitable branch and the violent branch of Hamas are in fact connected and that the division is fictitious. The motivation for why the Israeli evidence was inadmissible wasn’t that it would have been obtained in some kind of illegal manner (such evidence would still be considered evidence in a Swedish court). No, the problem was the provider: Israel.
Since Israel and Hamas are “in a war-like” situation, evidence obtained through Israel could not be trusted.
I’m no legal expert, but I can’t help to think what kind of impact that principle will have on future international cases.
Anyone interested in further details can read more about it here.
Entry filed under: Politics.