British law`s`can be used to get the Pope arrested and prosecuted for the claimed cover up of sex crimes by pedophile priests.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Downing Street’s web site against the pope’s 4-day visit to England and Scotland in September. The visit of the Pontiff will cost U.K. taxpayers an estimated 15 million pounds ($22.5 million). The campaign has gained momentum as more Catholic sex abuse scandals have swept across Europe.
Although Pope Benedict has not been accused of any crime, senior British lawyers are now examining whether the pope should have immunity as a head of state and whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up of sexual abuses by priests.
Universal jurisdiction — a concept in international law — allows judges to issue warrants for nearly any visitor accused of grievous crimes, no matter where they live. British judges have been more open to the concept than those in other countries.
Lawyers are divided over the immunity issue. Some argue that the Vatican isn’t a true state, while others note the Vatican has national relations with about 170 countries, including Britain. The Vatican is also the only non-member to have permanent observer status at the U.N.
Then again, no other top religious leaders enjoy the same U.N. privileges or immunity, so why should the pope?
The U.N Appeals judge Geoffrey Robertson wrote a legal opinion on the topic that was published in the British newspaper the Guardian on Saturday.
«Unlike in the United States, where the judges commonly uphold what the executive says, the British courts don’t accept these things at face value», Robertson told The Associated Press on Saturday. «The Vatican is not a state — it was a construct of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini».
Source: Associated Press
If the Pope in Rome can not be persecuted under International law, than the Pope of Rome is above the law.
Than the Pope has been elevated by men to be «God».
To give this kind of legal immunity to a religious leader is a disgrace. The Cardinal that is elected as Pope gets a license to commit and cover up any kinds of crimes.
The Pope of Rome do neither run the risk of being court arrested when he has completed his service. All the popes take the truth about their crimes with them down in the grave.