Fernando Andreu is a judge of the National Audience in Spain. He plays a leading role especially in humanitarian law and in pursuing war-crime and similar issues (see linking articles relating to Rwanda, Israel, etc.).
On January 29, 2009, Andreu opened preliminary investigations into claims that a bomb attack on Gaza in 2002 warranted the prosecution of the former Israeli defence minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the former defence chief-of-staff Moshe Ya'alon, the former air force chief Dan Halutz, and four others, for crimes against humanity. He has been investigating the deaths of 15 Palestinians terrorists, part of them civilians, who died when the Israeli air force bombed a house in Gaza City.
The investigation is made possible by Spain's principle of universal jurisdiction in alleged cases of crimes against humanity, genocide, and terrorism. The attack killed a leader of the military wing of the Islamist movement Hamas, Salah Shehade, along with 14 civilians, mainly children, and wounded some dozens of civilians, according to the complaint.
This investigation was closed before it started.
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