Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein
ordered the freeze of a special protocol for the detainment of migrants, which allowed their imprisonment for a period of up to three years without trial based on suspected criminal activity alone – even for as a petty a crime as bicycle
The AG's statement said the freeze is due to the High Court's
striking down of the amendment which allowed the special protocol. According to the AG, the police
and the Immigration and Population Authority have been notified of the decision.
Currently, 1,811 migrants are detained in Israeli jails, and the AG wrote that "according to the High Court's verdict, the release of migrant now in jail should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
"Additionally, the release of every migrant jailed according to the protocol should be examined with consideration for public safety, as was done before the amendment to the law to prevent infiltration was enacted and also in the case of other illegal residents."
Last July procedures regarding migrants have been made more severe – previously, Immigration and Population Authority's bylines determined migrants can only be detained without trial based on public safety or state security concerns, but after the new amendment suspicions of a misdemeanor
"which damages public order" were enough for a three year detainment.
The special protocol was relevant only for migrants which could not be expelled back to their home countries. Conversely, the visa of other foreign nationals suspected of criminal activities can be revoked.
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