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Police minister taps judge to head government panel probing Gilboa jailbreak

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Public Security Minister Omer Barlev on Friday announced the makeup of a government commission to investigate the escape of six Palestinian prisoners from a high-security facility in northern Israel earlier this month.

All six Palestinians who escaped have been recaptured since the jailbreak, considered one of the worst prison escapes in Israel’s history.

A statement from Barlev’s office says the panel will be headed by retired judge Menachem Finkelstein, who previously served as deputy head of the Central District Court and chief military prosecutor, among other posts.

The commission will also include Prof. Efrat Shoham, a criminologist at Ashkelon Academic College and Arik Barbing, a former senior official in the Shin Bet security service.


© The Times of Israel

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