The Israel High Court began last Sunday (6 July) hearing the appeals of the three West Bank Arab leaders who were deported to Lebanon in May.
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Background: The Israel High Court began last Sunday (6 July) hearing the appeals of the three West Bank Arab leaders who were deported to Lebanon in May. The verdict will not be given before Friday at the earliest.
SYNOPSIS: The three men -- the Mayors of Halhul and Hebron and a religious leader former on -- were deported a few hours after gunmen killed six Israelis in Hebron. The case has aroused much popular feeling. One of the judges challenged the assertion of a government lawyer that there was no time to allow the three to lodge an appeal before their expulsion. He said the court could have sat in the middle of the night if necessary.
Observers from the International Commission of Jurists have been in court, as this is regarded as something of a test case of the independence of the Israeli judiciary. Monsieur Antoine Perco, from France, told reporters that he had been able to follow the proceedings satisfactorily with an interpreter. He said his impression was that the government lawyers had not addressed themselves enough to proving the guilt of the accused; they had seemed more concerned with justifying the government's action in deporting them.
A Swiss lawyer called the proceedings "very fair".