STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE PROFESSOR DAVID LIBA’I CONCERNING THE DEMJANJUK DECISION

(Communicated by the Justice Ministry spokeswoman)

Jerusalem, 29 July 1993

Minister of Justice David Liba’i said today that the Supreme Court has proven that Jewish judges in Jerusalem are capable of reaching a fair verdict, even in the case of a defendant who was indicted and convicted of crimes against the Jewish people.

Minister Liba’i commended Prosecutor Michael Shaked who, with fairness and thoroughness, supplied the Court with new evidence from Germany and the CIS, although he knew that some of it was not supportive of the prosecution’s case.

The Minister added that the statute of limitations does not apply to crimes of Nazis and their collaborators. Therefore, the Ministry of Justice will continue to review any suspicion of crimes against humanity and the Jewish people. The Attorney General and the State Attorney have informed the Minister that, having reviewed the Court’s decision, they regard the Demjanjuk case as closed for the reasons rendered unanimously by the Justices in their decision.

Minister Liba’i strongly condemns threats voiced against the Justices of the Supreme Court and warned that respect for judges and acceptance of their judgments are vital to the rule of law. Criticism of the judgment is legitimate, but it must be stressed that the Justices fear nothing but the law.