Prisoners not allowed to meet with lawyers with terror ties

August 4, 2011 17:07


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Jailed terrorists will not be allowed to meet with lawyers suspected of relaying messages from terrorist organizations to their clients, according to a bill passed by the Knesset in its second and third (final) readings on Wednesday night.

The manager of a prison will be permitted to stop such meetings for up to 72 hours. The Prison Services Commissioner can extend the time period by another 24 hours, and a court can further extend it to a year.

Knesset Interior Committee chairman Amnon Cohen (Shas), explained that "a new, balanced arrangement was necessary to allow, on the one hand, for Prison Services to gather intelligence needed to prevent meetings when necessary, and at the same time, give the prisoner his right to meet with his lawyer."

The bill was proposed by the government, based on an increase in lawyers serving as middlemen between prisoners and terrorist organization. It passed with 13 in favor and none opposed.

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