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Azmi Bishara in Cairo earlier this week. (AP)
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Balad Chairman Bishara: I cannot receive a fair trial in Israel
By Jonathan Lis, Yoav Stern and Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondents

Balad Chairman Azmi Bishara, who is currently being investigated for a number of security violations, said Thursday that he does not believe he will receive a fair trial in Israel.

In an interview with the Nazareth-based A-Shams radio, Bishara said, "We don?t believe that in this atmosphere of incitement ? we will receive a fair trial."

He added that he does not fear the severe sentence he is expected to receive if convicted. A police source said Thursday that Bishara would be arrested the moment he returned to the country, Israel Radio reported.

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A gag order on the investigation against Bishara was partially lifted Wednesday, revealing that the former MK is accused of aiding the enemy during wartime, passing information on to the enemy and contacts with a foreign agent, including during the Second Lebanon War.

He is also suspected of money laundering for receiving large sums of money that were transferred from abroad while he was an MK.

Bishara has denied the accusations, telling A-Shams radio that Hezbollah has more security-related information on Israel than he does. "Who is further from information than Israeli Arabs? We are very removed from any information that we could give," he said.

Bishara harshly criticized the Israeli establishment, saying senior Israeli officials must be tried for war crimes against Lebanon and the Palestinians. 'In that month of July they killed children in Lebanon," he said. "I remember my tears and the tears of the people over those children.

"After eight months they've come to me," he continued. "Have they been cleansed [of their sins] in this period? Baptized? Become religious? They want to try those who condemned the aggression against Lebanon, and that is unacceptable."

During the interview, Bishara mentioned said that when he left Israel, he was unaware that it would be for so long. The former MK said he misses his family, and lamented the fact that he left with little money. "Now I will have to find a job," he said.

Bishara left Israel after being questioned under caution by police for a second time in the affair, and had promised investigators he would soon return.

"In the last meeting with investigators," said a police statement issued Wednesday , "Bishara told them that he intends to leave the country for a few days. He said he would return for the remaining questioning and a date for the next meeting was set. After he failed to arrive on that date ... a number of different dates were given on his behalf. Despite his promises, Bishara did not arrive for further questioning.

"In accordance with the attorney general's instructions, he was informed that he must arrive for questioning by January 22, but did not do so. Investigators still expect and hope that he will return for the remainder of the questioning, as he promised."

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  2.   OLMERT"S CHEAP SHOT 08:49  |  SAMI 26/04/07
  3.   #2 Sami 09:44  |  Alex 26/04/07
  4.   revoke citizenship??? 10:16  |  Jack Brown 26/04/07
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  7.   Sami, null and Void #2 11:17  |  FOX 26/04/07
  8.   A Warning to Disloyal Citizens 11:30  |  Semsem 26/04/07
  9.   Bishara should be tried for treason 11:34  |  Shalom 26/04/07
  10.   #4 Arab Countries Expropriated Jewish Property 11:34  |  Laila 26/04/07
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  12.   Another hero of Israeli Lefties,like the paratrooper who gave Syr 11:45  |  Absolute Sweden 26/04/07
  13.   Jews have always been accused of Spying for the Enemy 12:44  |  D Hirod 26/04/07
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  17.   Fox : Don`t remember the Kibbutz name,read about it a few years 13:57  |  Absolute Sweden 26/04/07
  18.   # 13 Hirod 14:31  |  ChanahS 26/04/07
  19.   Bishara, no doubt, should be arrested and possibly put in prison 14:59  |  Gila 26/04/07
  20.   Chana S about Hirod #18 15:11  |  Sarah 26/04/07
  21.   # 4 confiscate property IF....... 15:34  |  Lynn 26/04/07
  22.   who says he`s coming back 16:52  |  Paul Freedman 26/04/07
  23.   #6 Fox, no need for Israel to emulate 17:38  |  Ben Alofs 26/04/07
  24.   Innocent until proven guilty? 23:17  |  Ibrahim 26/04/07
  25.   Let him return - give a fair trial 23:58  |  * BEN JABO 26/04/07
  26.   Bishara is a coward 00:01  |  Sherman 27/04/07
  27.   bishara yuval 00:27  |  michel 27/04/07
  28.   thank you laila 00:28  |  baracuda 27/04/07
  29.   Bishara could be a kind of reverse Moses 00:41  |  Jake 27/04/07
  30.   24hey Ibrahim. You know what I like about bishara and his ilk? 01:03  |  Pssd off American. 27/04/07
  31.   Bhishara an Arab! 01:14  |  Sunny 27/04/07
  32.   Israeli Hypocrisy... 01:16  |  Gaza Mo 27/04/07
  33.   leila # 10 jews had plenty of time to sell their properties 01:37  |  nina 27/04/07
  34.   Anyone who speaks against Israeli war crimes... 01:39  |  Maureen Ann 27/04/07
  35.   Bishara 01:43  |  KT 27/04/07
  36.   Ibrahim 01:54  |  Danite 27/04/07
  37.   Bishara 01:55  |  Danite 27/04/07
  38.   Fair trial 02:04  |  Edifice 27/04/07
  39.   bishara 02:13  |  sam 27/04/07
  40.   What A joke 02:15  |  Gus 27/04/07
  41.   What A joke 02:15  |  Gus 27/04/07
  42.   to #10 laila 02:40  |  sam 27/04/07
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  44.   Azmi`s Right! 03:51  |  whomever 27/04/07
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