Yesh Atid, anti-Corruption watchdog petition High Court against new bill

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 28, 2017

The legislation was approved late Wednesday by a vote of 59 to 45 in a tumultuous assembly session in which opposition MPs said the law was meant to shield public officials from police scrutiny.

The legislation was amended so that it will not apply to two current corruption investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after complaints that it was created to protect him.

The new law will not apply to investigations now underway, including those involving Netanyahu.

The bill states that in probes overseen by an accompanying prosecutor, which is the case in most investigations involving public figures, police will not be permitted to submit recommendations to the prosecution at its own initiative, although the attorney general or state prosecutor could ask police to do so if they believe it is vital to making a decision on whether to prosecute.

Yesh Atid, anti-Corruption watchdog petition High Court against new bill
Yesh Atid, anti-Corruption watchdog petition High Court against new bill

The opposition Yesh Atid Party and the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel on Thursday morning filed petitions with Israel's Supreme Court, asking the court to find the legislation counter to Israeli law.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked slammed Lapid, saying, "You are humiliating the Knesset and emptying it of substance".

"When you stand here and say that after you fail to bring down the law you will appeal to the High Court, you humiliate the Knesset and show& that you don't understand anything about constitutional law". "I am ashamed that after three days of debates and endless debates in the committee, you are still running to the High Court of Justice".

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