Bishara Gag Order to Be Lifted Today

The gag order on the investigation of former MK Azmi Bishara is to be lifted today.

Last week, the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court allowed the release of the fact that Bishara is suspected of assisting the enemy in wartime, transmitting information to the enemy, contact with a foreign agent and money-laundering.

The gag order is to be lifted following a petition by Haaretz, represented by attorney Paz Moser, and other media outlets.

While being questioned by police in January, Bishara said he was going abroad for a few days, but did not return to complete the investigation as police requested.

Meanwhile Balad, Bishara's Knesset faction, along with the Hadash faction, criticized the search of Bishara's Knesset office Monday night. Balad chair Jamal Zahalka called the search "a provocation." He said the sealing of Bishara's office was illegal, since he said it was done while Bishara was still an MK. MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) said, "I am very disturbed by the erosion of Knesset immunity and the immunity of its members."

Following Bishara's resignation last Sunday, the Justice Ministry asked Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik to seal the room so it could be searched, and materials were confiscated.