Israeli Supreme Court: Immigrants can't be kept in camps without trial

Premier Netanyahu: "I am decisive in sustaining the attitude of the government against illegal migration"

Israeli Supreme Court:  Immigrants can't be kept in camps without trial

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli Supreme Court has ruled regarding illegal immigranst in the country that "Israel cannot keep  immigrants detained in the camps without trial."

Following the decision of Israel's top judges, approximately 2000 African migrants kept at the Sharonim Camp in Negev desert should be released in 90 days.

The court justified its ruling, saying that the current application does not corresponds with the respect to human dignity and values of democratic Jewish state.

The Israeli government had the right to hold the illegal African migrants for 3 years without any court decree and the immigrants could be deported in this period.

Meanwhile, a Prime Ministry Office statement quoted Premier Binyamin Netanyahu as stated that he is decisive in sustaining the attitude of the government against illegal immigration.

Stating that they have minimized the illegal migration via security measurements in southern borders, Netanyahu said: "We respect the decision by the court. However, I will try my best to cooperate with the interior ministry and chief prosecutors to sustain our policy against illegal immigration."

According to Israeli interior ministry's official statistics, there are currently 55 thousand illegal immigrants mostly from Eritrea and Sudan in Israel.      

Israel had previously built a fence along the Egyptian border to stop immigrants come into the country.

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