Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein instructed police to reopen an investigation into possibly forged purchase papers used to obtain the land where settlers established the Migron outpost in the West Bank.
A previous inquiry into the legitimacy of the land deal was closed due to lack of evidence. However, last month new information was sent to police leading Weinstein to reopen the case, Army Radio reported Monday.
The National Fraud Unit is reviewing the new material. Details regarding the evidence have not been released.
Yariv Oppenheimer, director of the anti-settlement NGO Peace Now called for those responsible for the alleged forgeries to be brought to justice, the report said.
“It is about time that the State Prosecutor and the police seriously do something about this matter,” he said. “They should get everyone involved together in the investigation room and put them on trial on charges of forgery or on charges of illegal business dealings.”
The 50 families who were living in the Migron outpost left their homes in September 2012, in accordance with a court order, which said the land belonged to local Palestinians.
In March the state attorney ruled against allowing former residents of the unauthorized outpost to return to their homes, and ordered that buildings at the controversial site, near Ramallah, be cleared of their contents. An important factor in the decision was the suspicion that purchase papers presented by settlers were fraudulent, Army Radio reported at the time.
Some buildings had remained at the site pending a final outcome in legal proceedings that were meant to clarify whether or not the settles would ever return.
Though Weinstein had committed to ordering the removal of the last of the structures by the end of April, his office said in a statement that the move would delayed until May 21, in order to allow the resuscitated investigation to proceed.
To settlers, the hilltop looming over Route 60 to the north of the capital has historical relevance — King Saul is depicted in the Bible as having camped there with his army while defending Jerusalem. The parcel of land also proved itself crucial for security purposes during the Second Intifada.