Prosecutors to ask High Court to review ruling barring demolition of accused soldier killer’s home

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit instructs prosecutors to prepare to file a request that the High Court of Justice to hold another hearing on its decision to bar the military from demolishing home of a Palestinian man charged with killing an Israeli soldier.

A statement from the Justice Ministry says that the request will be filed with the High Court in the coming days.

The court earlier this month forbade the Israel Defense Forces from demolishing the home of Nazmi Abu Bakr, who is accused of killing 21-year-old Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Ygal by throwing a brick at him, as the soldier took part in an operation in the West Bank village of Yabed.

The decision to seek another hearing comes after politicians and Ben-Ygal’s family slammed the ruling.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz hails the decision by Mandelblit.

“Demolishing homes as a deterrent is an important tool in the war against terror and I hope the High Court will approve the request and adopt the stance of the security establishment,” Gantz tweets.

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