Israeli tourist still held in India

Backpacker arrested at airport after ammunition clip was found in her bag.

October 17, 2006 09:26
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The return home of Noa Haviv, 29, the Israeli tourist who was arrested in India last month when officials discovered an ammunition clip in her backpack, faces further delay because a representative of the Indian police failed to show up for the summary of her hearing on Monday. The Indian courts are on vacation next week. Haviv's lawyer, Harish M. Jhagtiani, plans to ask India's Supreme Court to free her. Haviv said she flew to India last month without realizing that her brother had left an ammunition clip with 16 bullets in her backpack. She was detained at Mumbai Airport during a security check for an onward flight to Delhi. Jhagtiani told the Indian media that the bag was from her brother, a major in the IDF who served in the second Lebanon War. She had managed to get through both Israeli - including El Al's - and Indian security with no problems. Her case highlights a security issue that needs to be looked into by both Indian and Israeli authorities. "We will be able to give proof as to whether the bullets were bought or not, and once that is established, there is no offense" Jhagtiani told the press in India.

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