Indian High Court releases Israeli trekker

January 23, 2012 07:08

Nurit Toker, 22, was found with M-16 bullets in her bag at the Mumbai international airport in October 2011.

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The Bombay High Court ordered the release of Israeli backpacker Nurit Toker who was arrested two and a half months ago when Indian police discovered M-16 bullets in her bag, Indian news outlet India Express reported Monday.

The court ordered police to return the 22-year-old Toker's Israeli passport.

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Toker testified that she was unaware she had packed the two M-16 cartridges, which Indian authorities discovered at the Mumbai international airport in October of last year.

Toker had flown from Israel to Mumbai with the cartridges undetected in her belongings, and they were only discovered when she entered the Mumbai airport again to fly to Kathmandu.

The High Court cited a 1993 case where an Indian actor had been accused of possession of arms and ammunition, but was released when the court ruled that prior knowledge was requisite for jail time.

According to the Hindustan Times, police had filed a report with the magistrate's court saying that Toker should be discharged because she did not intend to pack the bullets.

The magistrate's court dismissed the police report, however, citing a lack of evidence, according to the Times.

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