NGO to High Court: A-G must decide Deri’s criminal cases pre-election

An NGO has petitioned the Supreme Court to finally decide on Interior Minister Arye Deri's two-year-old corruption accusations.

INTERIOR MINISTER Arye Deri at the Knesset (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
INTERIOR MINISTER Arye Deri at the Knesset
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The attorney-general must decide the fate of Interior Minister Arye Deri and his criminal cases before the upcoming election, said an NGO in a petition filed with the High Court of Justice on Monday.
The Movement for Quality Government in Israel said that Avichai Mandelblit has a duty to the public to clarify for them whether he will be seeking to indict Deri so that they will have a full picture of the Shas party leader’s status come election day on April 9.
According to the movement, even if there might be considerations for waiting until after the election to announce a decision to indict or close the corruption probes against Deri, a number of unique factors in his case demand an immediate decision.
First, the petition said that the criminal investigation was started in March 2016 and should have been decided long ago.
In fact, it said that the prosecution had already dragged its feet on the case and that absent foot-dragging, there would be no question about deciding before or after the election.
Second, the petition noted that