Justice Ministry: IPS will not face trial over Zygier death

April 25, 2013 11:55


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In the wake of the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court decision to release the circumstances of Ben Zygier's death, the Justice Ministry on Thursday released what appears to be a decision taken beforehand, not to bring criminal charges against any of the Israel Prison Service personnel or other persons who had responsibility for Zygier's safety.

The decision, signed by head prosecutor Moshe Lador, said that despite "deficiencies" in Zygier's situation, the issue would only be submitted to the IPS itself to decide at its own discretion whether to take internal disciplinary measures.

Lador said that in light of the totality of the circumstances there was insufficient evidence to prove criminal charges to the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lador noted in his decision that the courts have complimented the IPS in recent years in their efforts to reduce the number of suicides.

He also noted that the number of suicides have in fact gone down substantially.

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