Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Azaria case sparks anti-transparency bill in Knesset

The Knesset is considering a measure that would ban the publication of names of suspects and accused in civilian and military cases unless there is a conviction. According to this report in Haaretz:
Publication of the names of soldiers and police officers under investigation for duty-related actions would be prohibited under a bill that was approved for legislation yesterday by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. 
Proposed by MK Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Union,) the bill is an amendment to the laws governing the military justice system, courts of law and the police. It can now proceed to its second and third readings in the plenum. 
Under the bill, the names and other identifying details of soldiers and police personnel under investigation will not be released as long as legal proceedings are underway and the person has not been convicted. The ban on publication would remain in force if charges are not pressed, charges are dropped or the person is found not guilty.
This is further fallout of the court-martial of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

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