Netanyahu to take action on prosecutors strike

PM to meet with Steinitz, justice minister in attempt to reach solution over ongoing strike which has caused damage to police investigations.

December 26, 2010 11:39
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Sunday at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting that he has decided to take action in attempt to reach a solution to the continuing prosecutors strike.

Netanyahu is expected to meet Sunday with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and Eyal Gabai, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, Israel Radio reported.

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At the end of last week negotiations between Treasury and current striking state prosecutor representatives ended without any results.

The ongoing strike over working conditions - which has been in effect for over a month - continued last week to cause significant damage to police investigations, including that of former MK Tzahi Hanegbi. Anger is rising among police investigators who watch helplessly as suspects considered dangers to the public are let go.

Police sources have said that the strike is continuing to cause the release of dangerous alleged offenders, since state prosecutors are failing to show up in court to indict the suspects.

Last week, Cmdr. Yoav Seglovitch said a total of 35 suspects - including alleged sexual offenders, violent offenders, suspects allged to have carried out robberies, dealt in drugs, and illegally possessed arms - have been let go as a result of the inablity to prosecute them, and the number has grown since.

Yaakov Lappin and Dan Izenberg contributed to this report

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