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Publish Winograd testimonies, says MK Gal-On

Meretz faction chairwoman petitions High Court; wants Winograd Commission to publish testimonies before it presents interim report to cabinet

Another petition by Meretz faction chairwoman Zahava Gal-On has been filed to the High Court of Justice on Sunday, demanding the publication of the country's top leaders' testimonies to the Winograd Commission.


Gal-On has demanded that the testimonies of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz be published before the interim report is presented to the cabinet.


The Winograd Commission was set up in order to investigate the failures of the second Lebanon war.


Gal-On's previous petition that the protocols be opened to the public was rejected on technical grounds, but not ignored. The High Court stressed the importance of making the matter public, excluding secret details that may jeopardize the State's security.


This time, Gal-On and her attorney Dafna Holtz-Lenker argued: "The Winograd Commission is belittling the court's decision that declared the importance of making it public and the public's right to know by not publishing the protocols yet, despite the fact that a month has passed since the decision was made."


In addition, Gal-On demanded that the schedule for the publication of each of the protocols is presented.


Gal-On stressed the importance of presenting the central testimonies before the interim report is published, so that, as the High Court put it, the public would be able to "view the path that lead to the commission's conclusions with as complete transparency as possible."


"The fact that the Winograd Commission is not rushing to publish the protocols and is keeping them from the public eye, is not just a blow to the public interest and the public's right to know, but it also serves the interest of the political echelon who appointed the commission, and is also responsible for the decision to go to war and therefore responsible for its consequences," Gal-On explained.


פרסום ראשון: 03.04.07, 12:17
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