Lawyers Warn of 'Retaliatory Attacks' Against British Embassies Abroad
Most agree that British Foreign Minister William Hague’s threat to invade the Ecuadorean Embassy in an effort to capture Julian Assange was imprudent, but apparently he got legal advice before he issued the statement – and ignored it.
The reports coming out today say that lawyers expressed “grave reservations” about the threat of hostile action against a London embassy, fearing it could provoke retaliatory attacks against British embassies abroad.
Interestingly enough this would’ve been the lesson of history leading up to the law allowing the raid in the first place, as the 1984 incident in which a London policewoman was killed by a gunman inside the Libyan embassy lead to an open-ended siege of the embassy, and a retaliatory siege against the British embassy in Tripoli.
Though British law allows raids on embassies, the Vienna Convention, which Britain is a party to, does not. The law was seen primarily as a foil against public security threats coming out of embassies, and not as a convenient way to get around people seeking asylum within them, and it is now considered unlikely that Britain is actually contemplating such a raid.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Turkey Cheers as Kurdish Forces Withdraw From Syrian City of Manbij - September 26th, 2016
- Clinton, Trump Both Talk Escalation Against ISIS - September 26th, 2016
- Clinton Assures Netanyahu She Would Veto Any UN Actions on Israel - September 26th, 2016
- ISIS Recovers Territory in Eastern Afghanistan - September 26th, 2016
- Pentagon: ISIS 'Dead Set' on Using Chemical Weapons in Mosul Battle - September 26th, 2016