RAMALLAH Feb 15 (JMCC) - Three years after the shooting death of 10-year-old Abir Aramin, the Israeli high court has asked prosecutors to explain their closing of the case.
The order give state officials 45 days to explain why they never filed indictments in the death of Aramin.
Eyewitnesses at the scene said that she was injured by shots fired by border policemen on patrol in the village of Anata
as she went to buy a snack between classes.
In July 2007, the Jerusalem district attorney's office announced its decision to close the case for lack of evidence. On behalf of the girl's parents, the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din filed a petition to the high court asking for indictments.
Had Abir Aramin been a Jewish girl, said attorney Michael Sfard, we would be after a full trial and possibly a conviction.
The Aramin case drew international attention because her father, Bassam Aramin, is a founder of the organization, Combatants for Peace.