Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ketziot prison 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
Jailed terrorists will not be allowed to meet with lawyers suspected of relaying
messages from terrorist organizations to their clients, according to a law
approved by the Knesset on Wednesday night.
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The manager of a prison will
be permitted to stop such meetings for up to 72 hours. The Prisons Service
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 the Prisons Service 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 organizations. It passed with 13 in favor and none opposed.