Scotland Yard allowed a suspected war criminal to escape Britain because officers feared an attempt to stop him would lead to a gun battle at Heathrow airport, police documents seen by the Guardian reveal. The former senior Israeli officer was supposed to be detained as he arrived in London for a speaking engagement after a British court had ordered his arrest.
But detectives watched on as he landed and hid on the plane for two hours, before flying off to escape justice. In the documents, counter-terrorism police say they did not try to board the Israeli civilian jet partly because they feared armed guards on the plane would open fire on British officers.
A UK court had issued a secret arrest warrant for Major General Doron Almog over alleged war crimes under the Geneva conventions of ordering the demolition of 59 civilian Palestinian homes.
Israeli diplomats were tipped off after Almog’s plane left Israel on September 11 2005. Once it landed in London, a military attachÃ© from the Israeli embassy boarded the jet and warned Almog to stay on board. He refused to leave the plane until it took off again for Israel, two hours later.
So we have Israeli diplomats in London purposely supporting and harbouring war-criminals and murderers. I wonder if the usual squad will scream and shout about this. But I suspect not. Shame on Scotland Yard for having no balls either.
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