State asks High Court to reject Schalit deal petitions

October 17, 2011 12:04

The State on Monday asked the High Court of Justice to reject four petitions lodged against the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit, saying the deal was reached with Hamas through diplomatic negotiations, and therefore was strictly a political matter to be carried out by the government.

"The court has refused, time after time,  from accepting petitions against deals to release prisoners reached through political negotiations," the State said."The decision was made after authorized professionals made a detailed examination of the request during negotiations," the State said.

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