Lebanese terrorist, Mustafa Dirani, who was kidnapped by Israel & claims to have been tortured by interrogators, cannot have access to Israel’s legal institutions after “acting against the state and working to destroy it .”
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Lebanese terrorist Mustafa Dirani, who claims he was tortured in an Israeli prison, has no right to sue Israel.
The expanded panel of seven justice narrowly overturned its earlier 2011 ruling which had allowed the $1.5 million suit to go forward.
Diranu was the head of security of the Amal movement in Lebanon, which is associated with Syria. He was later expelled from Amal and established his own organization, the Believing Resistance. He was suspected of being involved in the capture of Israeli navigator Ron Arad, who went missing in Lebanon when his plane was shot down in 1986, and whose fate remains a mystery.
Dirani was kidnapped by an Israeli commando unit in 1994 and was held as a bargaining chip for a decade. He was released in January 2004 in a German-mediated prisoner swap in exchange for the bodies of three soldiers and Israeli businessman Elchanan Tannenbaum.
In his 4 to 3 majority decision, Chief Justice Asher Grunis Grunis said that the principle, widely recognized in other countries as well, that enemies are not granted access to one’s legal system overpowers any concerns for Dirani’s rights.
“Dirani has no one to blame but himself. It’s unbelievable to me that Dirani is allowed – while acting against the state and working to destroy it – to use its institutions,” Grunis ruled.
Dirani filed his suit in 2000, alleging that interrogators, led by one named “Captain George”, had raped him, sodomized him with a club, kept him naked for weeks and humiliated him in an effort to extract information about Arad’s whereabouts. In 2011 a three-judge panel, which did not rule on the case itself, decided that the lawsuit could be pursued as a matter of law.
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