11 Adar I 5774 – 15:36: The Supreme Court has handed down its verdict in the appeal challenging a lower court ruling compelling new municipal elections in Beit Shemesh. The High Court rejected the appeal from Beit Shemesh Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul and others, upholding the ruling of the Jerusalem District Court. The district court ruled new municipal elections must be held in Beit Shemesh in light of sufficient evidence of widespread election fraud.
Court President Asher Grunis headed the three-justice panel that ruled in the matter, adjudicating the case with Justices Elyakim Rubinstein and Uzi Fogelman.
In line with the court’s instructions, the Ministry of the Interior has 90 days to set a date for new elections in Beit Shemesh.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)