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Judiciary: February 17, 2013

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The Tel-Aviv District Court handed a sentence of six months community service to Haim Mula who was convicted in the framework of a plea bargain of involvement in a molotov cocktail attack on the homes of asylum seekers in Tel-Aviv. The judge harshly criticized the prosecution, saying “the fact the plea bargain was reached due to lack of hard evidence was problematic. It is hard to understand how an indictment is served when there is such a shortage of evidence.” (Jerusalem Post)

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Judiciary: December 23, 2012

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The Supreme Court has decided to reduce the sentence of a Nigerian national convicted of robbery in Tel-aviv and sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Tel-Aviv District Court.  The District Court Judge, Zvi Gurfinkel, wrote in his ruling that “a message needs to be sent to the population living in this area.”  The Supreme Court criticized the ruling’s wording, stating that “there was no place for generalizations”, and reduced the sentence by 10 months. (Ynetnews)

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December 23rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Judiciary: December 5, 2012

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The public defender’s office claims that Tel-Aviv District Court justice Zvi Gurfinkel imposes stiffer sentences on African migrants, simply because of their race. (Haaretz)

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December 5th, 2012 at 9:51 am

Closed Society: November 6, 2012

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The Tel-Aviv District Court recently gave a harshly critical ruling against the Interior Ministry, saying that ”the Interior Ministry’s conduct grossly violated its obligations as the agency responsible for determining the nationality” of asylum-seekers. (Haaretz)

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November 6th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Internal Security: June 13, 2012

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An indictment has been served to the Tel-Aviv District Court against Shlomo Serbi, who served as an intelligence coordinator in the Tel-Aviv Police Central Unit.  Serbi is accused of taking bribes, obstruction of justice, and breach of trust.  According to the indictment Serbi used his position and authority as a police officer in order to transmit information about planned police raids to brothels in Tel-Aviv.

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June 13th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Closed Society: May 17, 2012

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An indictment has been served in Tel-Aviv’s District Court against Haim Mula for the charges of arson and malicious damage after he allegedly threw molotov cocktails into homes in which foreign nationals from Africa live in Tel-Aviv’s Shapira neighborhood. (JPost)

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May 17th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Internal Security: May 3, 2012

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The Tel-Aviv District Court recently approved a compensation agreement, according to which the state will pay 1.2 million NIS to the family of convict Mohammed Ashkar, who was killed in Ketziot Prison during a surprise search, meant in part to “boost the morale” of the prison service’s Metzada unit members.  Following the approval of the agreement, the State Prosecutor’s office decided to close the investigation of the prison guards for their involvement in what turned out to be a prisoner riot resulting in 1 dead prisoner, 15 injured prisoners, and 15 injured prison guards.  The State agreed to pay the above mentioned sum – to the parents, wife and little son of Ashkar – while stating that it was being done in the framework of a compromise, and without admitting responsibility for the incidence.

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Judiciary: April 21, 2012‎

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Tel Aviv District Court Judge, Oded Mudrik, criticized the police, the state attorney and the court administration for their handling of classification certificates for classified case materials. The Minister of the Interior issues these certificates upon request from the police or the state attorney, and defense lawyers claim that the lengthy period allowed for issuing certificates prevents them from examining case materials and defending their clients. Judge Mudrik said that he was dissatisfied with the handling of certificates, adding “I cannot understand, and my experience in this matter is substantial, why it should take a month a half to issue a certificate.”

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Internal Security: March 15, 2012

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The Tel-Aviv District Court ruled that severe negligence by law enforcement officials is to blame for the exposure of a police informant’s identity.  The ruling follows a critical State Comptroller report issued last year on the police’s witness protection program, which highlighted significant systemic failures which ultimately led to the murder of two police informants by criminal elements.

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March 15th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Judiciary: March 1, 2012‎

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Tel-Aviv District Court Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen presided in two cases involving her close personal friend Yaacov Luxenburg. In the first case, she was forced to disqualify herself after making several judicial decisions. In the second case she avoided disqualification so far without revealing her personal connections to the other side.

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March 1st, 2012 at 3:25 pm