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October 30, 2013 9:04 am

Israeli Supreme Court Declines to Block Convict Release

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Ynet – The High Court rejected on Tuesday the appeal of the Almagor group and bereaved families against the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, scheduled for midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, as part of the second round of releases agreed upon in the renewed talks with Palestinians.

The justices agreed that the hearing under the time pressure is problematic, and asked the State representative if the release date is at all flexible. The State responded that “The government committed through the Americans that at the beginning of the fourth month of negotiations – which is today – the second round of releases will take place. For security reasons, there is a need for the transfer and release to happen during nighttime. Therefore, we must follow through with our commitment.”

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