Early Thursday morning Israeli security forces transferred the body of Muhammad al-Kalouti to his family for burial, five months after al-Kalouti was killed following a terror attack in Ramot.
In March, the 21-year old al-Kalouti attacked an Egged bus in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem. The terror cell, which included al-Kalouti and two accomplices, opened fire on the passenger bus, but failed to injure those onboard.
Despite the opposition of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who has demanded an end to such transfers, Israel returned al-Kalouti’s body to his family in Kfar Akab north of Jerusalem.
The terrorist’s family was required to put up a large sum of money as collateral, and pledged to hold a limited funeral service with no more than 25 attendees.
On Wednesday Liberman pledged to do everything within his power to bar such transfers, threatening to appeal to the Supreme Court over the issue.
Within hours Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit rejected Liberman’s stance, claiming there was no legal basis to the Defense Minister’s attempts to prevent the return of terrorists’ bodies.