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Meretz MK: Holding prisoner in secrecy is undemocratic

February 13, 2013 11:48

MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) said Wednesday that three years ago he sent a letter to the Attorney-General concerning reports of a secret prisoner, saying that such a scenario was illegal.

Speaking at the Knesset plenum, a day after a report of a mysterious prisoner who committed suicide in an Israeli jail swept the media, Horowitz said he was assured in 2010 that the situation was under control.

According to details that have recently come to light, it emerged that the prisoner died several months later. "Does this not indicate a basic failure in the law enforcement system?" Horowitz asked. "Sweeping everything into a deep and even draconian secrecy, has no place in democratic regimes," he added.  

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On also questioned, "how can Israel in the 21st century put people in jail who die there without the public or elected officials knowing?"

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