JERUSALEM (Oct. 20)
The Supreme Court today declined to review a decision by the Attorney General not to prosecute Gen. (res.) Matityahu Peled for appearing together with leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization at a press conference during the war in Lebanon in 1982.
The high court ordered Yedidya Be’eri, an attorney who filed the complaint against Peled, to pay 40,000 Shekels in court costs. Justice Yitzhak Kahan, President of the Supreme Court, said the Attorney General’s decision not to bring charges against Peled was made in good faith. Peled, a prominent dove, is a long-time critic of the government’s policy on West Bank settlements and the Palestinians.
ARAB SENTENCED FOR SIMILAR OFFENSE
A similar case had a different outcome in a Haifa magistrate’s court today which sentenced an Arab leftist lawyer, Mohammad Miari, to eight days’ detention for having met with PLO leaders in Geneva two months ago. Police testified that Miari had “private working meetings” with PLO chief Yasir Arafat and the PLO’s foreign adviser, Farouk Kaddumi, during the international convention for Palestine. They submitted classified information to substantiate the charge that Miari was guilty of a “very serious violation of the contacts with enemy agents” law.