Israeli Military Lawyers Appeal Court Ruling to Free 19 Hamas Lawmakers

Israeli military prosecutors on Thursday appealed a court decision to release 19 Palestinian lawmakers from the militant Hamas group, a lawyer for the detainees said.

The case will be heard on Monday, when the court is expected to rule on whether or not the lawmakers can be freed, lawyer Osama Saadi said.


The court had ruled Tuesday that the 19 parliament members, including three government ministers, should be freed on bail while their trials continue. The Israeli army had arrested more than two dozen Hamas lawmakers after militants in Gaza linked to the group attacked a military post June 25 and captured an Israeli soldier.

The military judge on Tuesday questioned the timing of the arrests, noting that the men were permitted to compete in January elections and serve in the Palestinian government for months, before being arrested.

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