Bereaved family organisations denied request to reveal identities of terrorists

Bereaved families organisations attacked the Prison Service for refusing to release names of terrorists re-arrested after Shalit Deal.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Released terrorists from Shalit Deal
Released terrorists from Shalit Deal
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The Prison Service turned down a request by the Lavi and Forum for Life organizations, which provide legal counsel for families of terror victims, to reveal the names of Arab terrorists re-arrested following their release in the Shalit deal. The service sited terrorists' rights to privacy as their reason for the decision.

Attorney Avichai Boaron had filed an appeal on behalf of the Lavi Foundation and Bereaved Families Fund, seeking to receive a list of the terrorists' names.

The request stated that Lavi was interested in obtaining a list of all "security prisoners" released as part of the Shalit deal, both in the first and second part of the exchange, as well as the identities of terrorists re-arrested following release.

The request came in wake of renewed negotiations with Hamas for the return of the bodies of fallen IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, killed in the 2014 Gaza campaign. Hamas is demanding the release of terrorists re-arrested in the Shalit prisoner exchange.

Lavi stated that their request relies on the principle of public disclosure, and attacked the government's refusal to reveal terrorists' identities, saying that they will not have an opportunity to find out whether the murderers of their loved ones are likely to be released again and that "the policy of maintaining terrorists' privacy is intended to prevent public discourse on ongoing negotiations with Hamas for the release of terrorists."