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Israel military court puts off bail ruling for 21 Hamas lawmakers

[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a decision on whether 21 defendants, who were who were detained [JURIST report] following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Gaza in June, should be released from detention while their cases are examined. Last Tuesday, the military court ordered the 21 defendants released on bail [JURIST report], but prosecutors appealed the decision. The 21 affected defendants, including Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik [official profile, in Arabic; JMCC profile], have been charged with membership in a terrorist organization [JURIST report], namely Hamas [CFR backgrounder]. AFP has more.

Also on Monday, Israeli prosecutors indicted three captured members of Hezbollah on charges of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. The three will be tried in open criminal court rather than through closed military court proceedings. Reuters has more. Haaretz has local coverage.

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