Court overrules government policy, gives state 90 days to free detained migrants

September 16, 2013 15:46

The High Court has given the State of Israel 90 days to free the thousands of migrants held in the Saharonim detention center in the Negev, and decide whether their status is that of asylum seekers or illegal immigrants to be deported.

With a unanimous ruling Monday, the court struck down by 9 votes to zero the state's entire new policy regarding the migrants, which allows the country to hold the migrants without trial for up to three years.

The ruling leaves significant uncertainty as to how the state will comply both with the court's order and its stated objectives to use all legal means to minimize and "voluntarily" deport the thousands of migrants. 

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