LONDON – Attorney Ali Tayeb, who orchestrated the court petition asking British authorities to arrest Defense Minister Ehud Barak for war crimes allegedly perpetrated during the Gaza war, said Tuesday he will continue to pursue legal action against any Israeli official who arrives in the UK.
Earlier, the London Court rejected the petition, saying Barak enjoys diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be prosecuted.
Tayeb, a British-Pakistani, prepared the motion which Attorney Michel Massiah then filed with the court. He told Ynet that Israeli officials "must realize that we will be relentless in pursuing legal action against them."
His office, which specializes in human rights, will continue to try and have the British court issue arrest warrants against any Israeli official arriving in the UK, he said.
"I have nothing against Israel personally. My political views have nothing to do with this case," Tayeb told Ynet, adding that he does not exclude the possibility of one day representing an Israeli settler against Hamas – if the case has merit.
Tayeb was disappointed with the court ruling, saying that if not for diplomatic immunity, an arrest warrant would surely have been issued. Nevertheless, he does not intend to appeal the decision.