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New Hearing Ordered for Israeli Held in Connection with Slaying

Two Israelis jailed here on charges of conspiring to commit murder and espionage, remained in custody following hectic legal activity this weekend. The Norwegian Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new hearing for one of the two men apprehended in the Oslo apartment of Israeli security attache Yigal Eyal shortly after the slaying of the Moroccan citizen, Ahmed Boushicki.

In overruling earlier decisions of the Magistrates Court and Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court noted that neither of the lower courts had considered the legality of the arrests. The high court’s appeals committee charge the lower courts failed to evaluate the applicability of the Vienna Convention regarding diplomatic immunity.

At a new hearing Friday, the Oslo Magistrates Court ruled that the arrests were not in violation of international law. The decision will be appealed, attorneys for the two men said. The Norwegian Supreme Court also sustained a motion from the prosecution that all hearings and court proceedings in connection with the murder case be held behind closed doors the two Israelis, Michael Dorff and Zwi Steinberg, are expected to come to trial in Oct.

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