Petition to delay second stage of Schalit deal rejected

December 17, 2011 00:57


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The High Court of Justice ruled Friday to reject a petition asking to delay the second stage of the prisoner exchange deal brokered with Hamas to release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. The release of 550 Palestinian security prisoners is now expected to proceed as normal on Sunday.

In a unanimous ruling, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, Justice Asher Dan Grunis and Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, said that the government must "make good its commitment to the agreement it has signed and approved."

The ruling, written by Justice Grunis, noted the the court decided in October not to intervene in the release of 1,027 security prisoners as part of the first stage of the Schalit deal, after terror victims and their families filed High Court petitions opposing the releases.

"The court did not intervene in the first phase [of the deal]... and there is no reason to intervene now in the implementation of that agreement's second phase," Grunis said.

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