Petition filed to delay second stage of Schalit deal

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December 15, 2011 16:29

 
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In a High Court petition filed Thursday morning, the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) asked justices to delay the second stage of the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange deal.

A total of 550 Palestinian security prisoners are set to be released on Sunday, according to a list published on the Prison Service website.

Thursday's petition comes after the High Court decided not to accede to requests by  terror victims in October to interfere in the release of 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners as part of the first stage in the government-brokered deal to free kidnapped soldier Schalit.

Terror victims had complained that the government had not given them sufficient notice that terrorists convicted of murdering their family members were among those scheduled for release, but the court said it would not delay the deal after the state argued the timeline for the first stage was critical.

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