High Court rejects terror victims' association petition against releasing prisoners

August 13, 2013 12:03


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The High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected the petition of the Almagor Terror Victims' Association to intervene and block the government's decision to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, including some of the worst terrorists with "blood on their hands" later in the day.

The court's approval, following a heated but affirmative vote by the government last week, removed the final barrier for pardoning the prisoners and releasing them.

At the outset of its opinion, the court said that it understood that the issues are "sensitive and complicated which lies at the heart of a public dispute."

The decision continued, "Despite this, all that is before us is the legal question of whether there is any basis to get involved in the government's decision to release prisoners in the framework of peace talks with the Palestinians."

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