JERUSALEM (Aug. 5)
Two defendants in the trials on the Jewish terrorist underground were released by the Supreme Court on one million Shekel bail each last Friday and ordered to surrender their passports to the police. The two were identified as Maj. Ronni Gilla and Capt. Shlomo Livyatan, both linked to the attacks against West Bank Arab mayors four years ago.
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the State, which wanted to keep the two in custody until the end of the legal proceedings against all the 27 Jews on trial in connection with the terrorist underground.
Last month, the Jerusalem district court decided to release Gilla and Livyatan on bail, accepting the argument of their defense attorney that, since the trial had to continue into the fall when the testimonies of the other defendants would be heard, there was no point in keeping the two in prison until then. The State appealed the district court’s ruling, but lost in the Supreme Court on Friday.