COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO RABIN MURDER APPOINTED
(Communicated by Justice Ministry Spokeswoman)
Supreme Court President Prof. Aharon Barak has appointed the following members of the Commission of Inquiry in accordance with his authority, as granted by Article 4 of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, 1968, and on the basis of the 8.11.95 Cabinet decision regarding the appointment of a commission of inquiry into the murder of late Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which occurred in Malchei Yisrael Square on 4.11.95:
– Retired Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar (Commission Chairman) – Major-General (res.) Zvi Zamir – Professor Ariel Rosen-Zvi
The Commission will be coordinated by David Oron.
Following are short biographies of the Commission members:
MEIR SHAMGAR (CHAIRMAN)
Born in Danzig in 1925.
Studied history and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and law at the Government Law School of London University.
Served in the Israel Defense Forces, attaining the rank of Brig.-Gen.
1961-68 Military Advocate General. 1961-68 Member of the Bar Association. 1964- Executive member of the International Society of Military Law and the Laws of War. 1968 Appointed to the additional post of Legal Adviser to the Defense Ministry. 1967-68 Created the legal framework of the Israeli military government in the administered territories. 1968-75 Attorney-General of Israel. 1975 Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court. 1980- Executive member of the Open University. 1983-95 President of the Supreme Court. 1987 Received degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Weizmann Institute of Science. 1994 Chaired Commission of Inquiry into Hebron massacre.
Has lectured at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University.
Has represented Israel at international conferences.
Born in 1925, in Poland; immigrated to Israel same year. Married, father of two.
1942-48 Served in Palmach; last position: commander of Sixth Battalion 1950 Appointed instructor of advanced course for senior officers. 1951-53 Commanded of Givati Brigade. 1953 Sent to British Army senior officers’ course in Britain. 1954 Appointed commander of infantry school. 1956 Appointed to senior position in IDF General Staff Training Department. 1957-60 Studied for B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 1960 Appointed head of IDF General Staff Training Department. 1962 Appointed OC Southern Command. 1966 Appointed IDF Military Attache to Britain. 1968-74 Served as head of Mossad.
Served as Director-General and Chairman of National Oil Refineries, for 15 years. Currently serves as Chairman of Petroleum Institute.
Born in 1944, in Kfar Saba. Married, father of five sons (three grand-daughters).
Dean of Tel Aviv University Law Faculty; professor of law since 1990.
Published two books, and dozens of articles, in Israel and abroad. Doctoral dissertation on family law.
Guest Professor at UC-Berkeley, Yeshiva University and Fordham University. Specialist in public and family law.
Studied Hebrew Literature and Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University. Studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion while on sabbatical.
Directed Institute for Advanced Studies for Attorneys, in Tel Aviv. Serves as Chairman of Public Commission on Salaries of Members of Knesset.
Member of various public commissions on legislation, and public/family law. Chairman of Statutory Council on Administrative Courts.
Member of Tel Aviv University Senate and Coordinating Committee.
LEGAL ASPECTS OF A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
By the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, 5729-1968, (and as subsequently amended), the chairman of the commission may require anyone to testify under oath, on more than one occasion, or to produce documents or other exhibits which they may possess. The powers of the commission’s chairman are the same as those of a court in a civil proceeding, although the commission is not bound to follow the rules of procedure of a court, and can set its rules for admitting evidence and examining witnesses. The chairman can issue a search warrant when required, in order to obtain a document or other type of evidence, and he can appoint someone to collect materials needed for the inquiry.
While a commission of inquiry is required to hold its deliberations in public, it may hold part or all of a particular hearing in camera when deemed necessary in order to protect the welfare of a minor or the security of the State. Upon completing its inquiry, the commission is required to report its conclusions, including any recommendations it may see as appropriate, to the Government, and shortly thereafter, to publish its report publicly.