Court rejects further long state delay in 2-yr-old investigation of shooting of Palestinian minor

March 26, 2015 17:14

The High Court of Justice rejected the state's request for a three month extension to decide whether to file an indictment or close the investigation into the shooting of unarmed Palestinian minor, Samir Awad, 16, in January 2013, giving it only until April 15.

The state had asked for the three month extension on March 17, two weeks past the the High Court ordered-deadline for making a decision following a December 1, 2014 court order giving the state what was supposed to be a final extension to March 1.

B'Tselem, who filed a petition to compel the state to decide about the case, announced the court's decision on Thursday, though it was handed down on Tuesday.

In the December hearing, the court had slammed the IDF and the state for dragging their feet on the investigation, including allowing the two soldiers involved in the shooting to be released from  the IDF prior to being properly questioned.

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