High Court rejects petition to bring PM into Submarine Affair probe

March 9, 2017 22:41
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The High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a series of petitions by MK Erel Margalit (Zionist Union) and the Movement for Quality of Government in Israel to compel Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to criminally investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Submarine Affair.

The court said that the petitioners could refile once final decisions are made, but that with investigation of the affair ongoing, the petitions were premature.

Further, the court rejected challenges to Mandelblit as having a conflict of interest in deciding the issue due to having served under Netanyahu in his prior job.

Finally, the court said it expected the state to follow through on a promise to explain its reasons in greater detail for clearing Netanyahu in the Submarine Affair and in prior affairs, like Bibi Tours.

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