Police won't release terrorist's body

Authorities say family of yeshiva gunman gathered too many mourners, contrary to prior agreements.

olmert cabinet 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
olmert cabinet 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Police is refusing to pass on the body of the terrorist who murdered eight pupils at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva last week to his family, Army Radio reported Monday. According to the report, police said they would only release the body if the family promises to hold a "humble" funeral with few participants. The body was due to be released on Sunday, but the police against it, arguing that there were too many mourners gathered at the family home, in violation of an earlier agreement with the family. On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held consultations with officials regarding the mourning tent erected at the home of the terrorist's family. The legal status of the terrorist's burial was also being discussed. The prime minister issued instructions to look into the possibility of tearing down the tent, calling it an illegal structure, Israel Radio reported. From the National Insurance Institute (NII) inquiry it emerged that the killer's parents were not entitled to benefit payments for their son's death. The NII also decided to withhold burial assistance. On Sunday morning, in accordance with police orders, the family removed Hamas and Hizbullah flags they had hung on the mourning tent.