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Israeli Flotilla Probe Gets More Power

Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 05:22 AM

JERUSAELM - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday agreed to extend the prerogatives of the committee established to investigate the May 31 flotilla raid after its chairman, retired Supreme Court justice Ya’acov Terkel, threatened to resign, reliable sources told The Jerusalem Post.

Soon afterward, however, panel spokesman Ofer Lefler issued a statement apparently contradicting the report of Terkel’s ultimatum, even though the state informed the High Court of Justice that it was considering “various possibilities regarding the prerogatives of the committee at its request.”

Despite the state’s declaration to the court, Lefler said, “The committee has no intention to reply or to devote time to any topic other than its work in accordance with the mandate it received from the government of Israel.”

Lefler told reporters that Terkel was not considering resigning from the committee and that its work would go on according to plan.

The sources told the Post that Terkel had demanded that the panel be expanded to five members and that its prerogatives be upgraded to the level of a government-appointed commission of examination.

Specifically, Terkel insisted that his committee have the right to accept evidence and summon witnesses at its own discretion, in accordance with Paragraphs 8a and 8b of the State Commission of Investigation Law. These provisions determine that the panel is not bound by regular judicial arrangements procedures, may receive any evidence in any way it sees fit and has the right to determine the arrangements for questioning witnesses.

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JERUSAELM - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday agreed to extend the prerogatives of the committee established to investigate the May 31 flotilla raid after its chairman, retired Supreme Court justice Ya’acov Terkel, threatened to resign, reliable sources told The Jerusalem Post.
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