The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday approved a lenient plea agreement signed by the State Prosecutor's Office and five hard-right activists in the so-called "outpost situation room" affair.
Last December, dozens of right-wing activists managed to infiltrate an Ephraim Brigade Israel Defense Forces base and to run amok in protest against the civil administration's plan to destroy illegal structures in the outposts of Ramat Gilad and Yitzhar.
The five arrested activists were suspected of operating an "outpost situation room" where members collected intelligence on police and IDF movements prior to the evacuation of outposts. They are also suspected of having ordered buses to bring dozens of right-wing activists to the Ephraim Brigade base that night.
"After several months of negotiations, the accused confessed and were found guilty of gathering intelligence on the IDF as well as conspiring to riot and break into an IDF base," the State Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. "Some of them will serve three-month sentences for these crimes."
Attorney David Halevi, who represents one of the accused, wrote in response to the plea bargain, "This indictment was entirely meant to muzzle and neutralize people whose activities the government does not like. This case, which started out like blaring trumpets, ended on a weak note. The mountain has become a molehill. I hope that the enforcement authorities do some internal housecleaning regarding the accusations."
Representatives of the right-wing organization Honenu, which provided legal aid for the five activists, said on Wednesday, "We are happy that the show trial conducted against the accused has ended with the state prosecutor backing down on many counts."
Pre-sentence arguments will be heard on April 9, 2013.