Right-wing MK petitions High Court over Grapel deal

October 26, 2011 11:56

MK Michael Ben-Ami (National Union) and far-right religious party Eretz Israel Shelanu ('Our Land of Israel') party petitioned the High Court on Wednesday against a deal to release 25 Egyptian prisoners in return for Ilan Grapel,  a dual American-Israeli citizen held in Egypt on spying charges since June.

The petitioners argue that the decision to release the prisoners is problematic from a legal standpoint, because it was made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's 14-man security cabinet and not the government itself.

The petitioners also argue that the prisoner release agreement is "disproportionate and unreasonable" and that it differs from the Gilad Schalit deal because Grapel 'went to Egypt of his own free will to participate in various activities of extremist movements'.

The petition also asks that the court order the state to give the public additional time to file appeals and petitions against the prisoner release.

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