Lador pledges to back IDF officers in lawsuits

In letter to senior commanders, state attorney's office says lawsuits are intended to deter soldiers from carrying out their duties.

By DAN IZENBERG
July 26, 2009 18:15
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moshe lador 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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State Attorney Moshe Lador promised Civil Administration officials in the West Bank protection against "nuisance" lawsuits by settlers. In a letter to Brig.-Gen. Noam Tivon, commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, and Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, head of the Civil Administration, Lador wrote that "the State Attorney's Office will stand behind every public employee whom they are trying to intimidate through empty lawsuits and misuse of court procedures." The letter did not identify the plaintiffs in these lawsuits, but the Justice Ministry spokesman said a large number of baseless suits have been filed against individual Civil Administration officials over the past few months. In one case, settlers sued an official for NIS 400,000 for actions involved in the dismantling of an illegal outpost. The letter was signed by Dan Eldad, head of special tasks in the State Attorney's Office. According to Eldad, Lador said, "We are sure that just as greater threats and dangers have not deterred you, this unacceptable behavior will also not succeed in intimidating you. The reports regarding the lawsuits may achieve fleeting publicity results, but everyone knows that the lawsuits themselves contain no legal basis or purpose. This behavior will not have any effect when it comes to the ability of other commanders and civil servants to do their job." Lador also promised that in cases where the state does illegally cause harm to the human rights or property of anyone, it the state was responsible and would pay the damages.

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