Court Rejects Anat Kam´s Suit against MK (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/16/12)
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The High Court rejected on Sunday a petition by convicted spy Anat
Kam against MK David Rotem, Chairman of the Knesset´s Constitution,
Law and Justice Committee, who, she claims, is intentionally dragging
his feet on a bill that could assist her.
Kam is appealing her conviction and 4.5-year sentence for passing
classified information to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau. Under the so-
called "Kam Law", the penalty for the crime she is convicted of would
be lower than the current penalty listed in the espionage and treason
statute. Thus, her attorneys reason, the law´s passage could help her
The Knesset passed the law in its first reading in January but the
Constitution, Law and Justice Committee has yet to schedule a date
for preparing the law for its final readings.
The court ruled that there is no reason for it to intervene in the
Knesset´s legislative process in this case, and that the matter
is "at the core of the Legislative Branch´s authority and that of its
MK Rotem said in reaction that the High Court decision proves he has
exercised sound judgement in the way he has handled the Kam Law. "The
court was lenient with Kam when it sentenced her to a much lesser
sentence than the one specified by the law, and there is no need to
further assist a person who has betrayed the state."
The bill adds a new offense to the criminal code: holding secret
documents and passing them on to an unauthorized person without
permission – without intent to cause harm to the state.
The maximum punishment for this offense would be 10 years in jail.
The current law does not provide a separate definition for espionage
of this type that is carried out without intent to harm the state.
Passing on classified documents to unauthorized people carries a 15
year maximum sentence. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/16/12)
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