Some 2,000 asylum seekers and migrants currently jailed in Israel
will be transferred to an open containment facility, pending their review and release, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein
stated on Monday.
His statement was in response to human rights groups' complaints, who claim the Interior Ministry is not complying with the High Court's ruling which outlawed migrants' detention, and ordered the State to start releasing them immediately.
As first revealed on Ynet, Weinstein confirmed that the government is reviewing the possibility of constructing an open detainment facility, in which migrants and asylum seekers will be held after the High Court struck out the amendment to the Infiltration Prevention Law which allowed the State to detain migrants without trial for up to three years.
Migrants in Saharonim Jail (Photo: Haim Horenstein)
The AG noted that the Population and Immigration Authority has started the case-by-case reviewing process, and that nine migrants were released on Sunday.
"The release of additional infiltrators is expected in the next few weeks," noted the AG's deputy, Attorney Dana Silber, who signed the letter on Weinstein's behalf.
Silber added: "The AG stressed the duty of complying with the verdict to the ministers," and noted that the State will finish reviewing all the detainees by the 90 day deadline set by the High Court.
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