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9 Years later, indictment for participation in protest

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 17:09 A mother of four children was shocked when she recently discovered that an indictment had been filed against her for participating in a protest which took occurred at the time of the Expulsion from Gush Katif nine years ago. Honenu: “It is a shame that no-one in the legal system used basic judgment.” Approximately one month ago policemen knocked on the door of her home and presented her with a summons to a deliberation at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court. The woman was surprised and set about verifying on the basis of what an indictment had been filed against her. After several phone calls and verifications it turned out that the indictment was filed for her participation in a protest which was held at the entrance to Jerusalem at the time of the Expulsion from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron over nine years ago. The woman, who was then a newlywed, was detained at one of the protests taking place at the time and released the following day. After a short time an indictment was filed against her, however according to her no-one informed her of the indictment. She recently moved to Kiryat Arba with her family. For an unclear reason suddenly the police brought her the summons to the deliberation which was supposed to take place this week. Her surprised family turned to Honenu and began examining the possibility of filing a request to cancel the indictment by virtue of the “Disengagement Opposers Pardon Law”. The law, which was promoted by Honenu, brought about the cancellation of many cases of protesters who were detained at the time of the Expulsion from Gush Katif. However even before the request was filed, last week policemen arrived again at her home and informed her that the indictment was canceled even before the deliberation. Honenu is currently verifying the reason for closing the case and reasons that the court understood that the case was so old that in any event it would be canceled by virtue of the ‘pardon law’. “It is a shame that no-one in the legal system used basic judgment, which would have saved the woman and her family unnecessary distress,” responded Honenu. Honenu notes that even today, over nine years later, there are still quite a lot of people who protested during the Expulsion from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron turning to Honenu requesting assistance in having cases opened against them by the police closed.

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