TEL AVIV (Jan. 31)
An American Jewish couple wanted in the United States in connection with a 1980 mail-bombing have obtained a last-minute stay of their extradition from Israel.
The West Bank couple, Robert and Rochelle Manning, are accused of planning a parcel-bomb explosion that claimed the life of a secretary in California.
Although a three-justice panel of Israel’s Supreme Court approved the Mannings’ extradition, the court’s president, Meir Shamgar, has agreed to hold a further hearing at the request of the couple’s lawyer.
Shamgar said he postponed the extradition, which was authorized by the Supreme Court on Jan. 18, in order to hold another hearing due to the “difficult legal questions and principles (the case) raises.”