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  Adar 20, 5767 , 10/03/07

Egypt Seeking to Put Ben Eliezer on Trial

Sources in Egypt said that officials were seeking to try Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer over charges that IDF troops under his command killed 250 Egyptian POWs during the closing hours of the Six Day War. Ben Eliezer has denied the charge. Members of Egypt's parliament who have long sought to break relations with Israel have seized on the story, however, and seek to have ambassador Shalom Cohen repatriated to Israel. Former United Nations secretary general Boutros Boutros Ghali is reportedly lobbying Egyptian authorities to take the case to the UN International Criminal Court (ICC).

In an article in the government-controlled Al-Ahram newspaper Friday, a government spokesperson said that Cairo was "gathering evidence" in order to make a case against Ben Eliezer, and that it would seek to bring him to trial in Egypt, or at the World Court in The Hague.

Ben Eliezer has said that no massacre of Egyptian troops had occurred, and that Israel had been fighting Fedayeen terrorists in Gaza. The unit he headed, he said last week, had killed "a battalion of Palestinian Fedayeen operating from the Gaza Strip. I'm talking about this particular event, the 250. There were no Egyptians in this area."
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