Court Rejects Barring Kuntar's Release

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's High Court of Justice refused to hear a petition from the siblings of the late Eliyahu Shahar, murdered by Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar in Netanya in 1979.

"It can't be that they wouldn't even listen to us," said Yoram Shachar, brother of the slain policeman.

Kuntar, serving four consecutive life sentences for Shahar's murder and the brutal slaying of Danny Haran and his four-year-old daughter, is slated to be released in a prisoner swap with the Hezbollah terror group.

Judge Eliezer Rivlin, deputy president of the High Court, said the court would not interfere with the Cabinet's decision.

"The decision [to release Kuntar] was made at the Cabinet's discretion in dealings connected to Israel's foreign policy and defense," Judge Rivlin said.

"In instances like this, the court plays a very restrained role," he said.

Sources: YNet news, israel national news

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