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Israel accused of withholding info in China bank case

Published on Jan 16, 2014 2:03 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel has been accused of withholding information in a key case against the Bank of China by a group of bereaved families who say the bank abetted Palestinian militants.

According to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin, an Israeli legal group representing the families, the justice ministry was asked by a New York court to supply certain documentation, but ignored the request.

"The federal court in New York made the request for the documents half a year ago. The request went unanswered... so we sent a letter weeks ago asking what's going on, which also went unanswered," Darshan-Leitner told AFP.

But on Wednesday, following a petition by Shurat HaDin, Israel's Supreme Court gave Justice Minister Tzipi Livni a week to justify why the documents had been withheld.

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