Criminal Complaints against Israeli President at Davos Forum Featured

By Gamal Khattab January 20, 2024 2013


Swiss Authorities Receive Complaints

The Swiss Attorney General's Office announced on Friday, 19th January, that they have received several criminal complaints against Israeli President Isaac Herzog during his participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos. The office is currently working to clarify its legal position in light of these complaints.

Investigating Immunity

The Swiss Attorney General's Office is in communication with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will issue a statement after considering the complaints against Herzog. They are specifically looking into the issue of the Israeli president's immunity.

Human Rights Group Reports

A human rights legal group in Switzerland has also reported complaints against Herzog to the Swiss federal prosecution and relevant authorities in Basel, Bern, and Zurich. The group believes that under certain circumstances, immunity can be lifted for figures like Herzog, especially in cases involving crimes against humanity.

Israeli President Denies Allegations

The Israeli President's Office has stated that Herzog participated in the Davos Forum as scheduled. Israeli media reports suggest that Herzog's office sees the criminal complaints as a propaganda move aimed at tarnishing Israel's reputation.

Questions about Immunity

Switzerland has not revealed the nature of the complaints or the party that submitted them. However, the step is described as part of "legal procedures regarding crimes against humanity." The Swiss prosecution memorandum states that immunity can be raised in certain circumstances, including when a complaint of crimes against humanity is filed.

International Court of Justice Case

The International Court of Justice in The Hague is currently examining a case filed by South Africa against Israel, accusing them of committing genocide in Gaza. The court is expected to issue a ruling this month regarding a possible urgent decision to stop the war on Gaza. South Africa submitted documents to the court, including statements by senior officials, including Herzog, that suggest genocidal intent.

Source: Agencies