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      State Prosecutor: No Retrial for Har-Shefi

      State Attorney rejects requests to clear the name of woman who was accused of knowing about Rabin murder plot. NGOs: decision is shameful.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 10/17/2010, 10:14 PM / Last Update: 10/17/2010, 10:20 PM

      Channel Two

      State Prosecutor Moshe Lador rejected Sunday a request for a retrial of Margalit Har-Shefi, the woman who was convicted of failing to prevent the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin.

      Lador said that an identical request had been made in 2008, and that Menachem Mazuz, who was the Attorney General at the time, saw no justification for initiating a retrial. The latest request offers “no new argument that would justify reexamining the State Prosecution's stand,” he determined.

      The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel and the Organization for Human Rights in Yesha condemned Lador's announcement as a symptom of the legal system's policy of “selective enforcement” against “settlers.”

      The decision is “a mark of shame upon the law enforcement establishment, which is incapable of self-criticism and will never let itself be confused by the facts."

      MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) reacted to Lador's pronouncement by saying he would propose a bill that would establish a body to oversee the State Prosecution.

      "We can no longer trust the Prosecution,” he said. “The Ministry of Justice is occupied by leftists who are not ashamed of injecting their political views into their legal decisions. If Har-Shefi had been an Arab, the 'knights of democracy and the rule of law' would have bent over backward to bring about the acquittal of a person who two Shin Bet chiefs said should not have been convicted.”