News Brief 1/6/2011, Shevat 1, 5771
Court: Lower Compensationg for Crooks on Jail Time
A Haifa court said Wednesday that professional thieves who are arrested on false charges will be compensated at a lower rate for their false arrest than people who do not have a criminal record. The court considered a case by two Haifa residents who requested compensation for their incarceration of over a year in prison; they were convicted of robbery, but on appeal the case was dismissed and they were exonerated.
The court decided that the two could receive compensation if there had been no basis for assuming they could be guilty of the crime – which was not the case here, as the two had histories of being arrested for various crimes. By rights, the court said that no compensation was due, but decided to award them a quarter of the average daily salary of NIS 344 for Israeli workers due to the fact that they had been kept in prison for so long.