Rumors are still rife that Israel may release imprisoned Fatah terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti as part of a ceasefire agreement with Israel. Barghouti is currently on trial in Israel for his role in the murder of dozens of Israelis in Fatah-backed terrorist attacks. PLO leader Arafat reportedly told Barghouti's family that he might be released, but Israeli officials rushed to deny all such reports. Israel refused Muhammad Dahlan's request yesterday for the release of Barghouti, as well as a reprieve for other top terrorists.
Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein wrote a letter to Prime Minister Sharon, warning him against releasing Barghouti. "He is a first-rate architect of terrorism," Rubenstein wrote about Barghouti, "who has been placed under arrest until the end of the proceedings against him. His trial is at an advanced stage, and it must be allowed to run its full course. He must not be included in any deal with the Palestinians. The voice of our brothers' blood cries out and forbids this... How would we be able to hold up our heads to the families of the victims?"
More from the legal system:
It doesn't happen every day, but the State Prosecution has reversed itself and withdrawn an indictment against Kach activist Noam Federman. Arutz-7's Effie Meir reports that Federman had been charged with throwing rocks at Arabs in Hevron. In a preliminary hearing, the accused explained that he did so in self-defense - and the Prosecution announced soon afterwards that it was voiding the indictment. Federman has often successfully defended himself in court when charged on nationalist matters. His wife Elisheva told Arutz-7 a year ago, "Throughout my 12 years with Noam, the GSS has constantly tried to incriminate him. He was charged 37 times, and acquitted 32 times."