Court rejects appeal to cancel Dirani's damages suit

July 18, 2011 19:57

The Supreme Court ruled Monday to reject the state's appeal against a ruling made by the Tel Aviv District Court to permit Lebanese terrorist Mustafa Dirani to sue the state for damages.

Dirani, a former leader of Lebanese terrorist group Amal, was believed to have had personal knowledge of the whereabouts of kidnapped IAF navigator Lt.-Col. Ron Arad. Amal forces captured Arad in October 1986 during a mission to attack PLO targets near Sidon in Lebanon.

In 1994, then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin ordered Israeli commandos to raid Dirani's house. The terrorist leader was brought to Israel and held in administrative detention.

In 2000, Dirani filed a NIS 6 million suit in the Tel Aviv District Court, charging that interrogators had raped him, sodomized him with a club, kept him naked for weeks and humiliated him in an effort to extract information about Arad's whereabouts.

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