Israel’s Justice Ministry has announced it will release more than 1,100 records of arrests made by the Israel Police in the past decade.
The ministry said it has released records of more than 700 people, including several Israelis, in the course of the investigation into the Israeli-American businessman Shimon Peres, whose wife was sentenced to death in 2006.
Israel’s police service has long used the database, called the ‘Israel Adesanya Record’, to try to identify people who are suspects in the killing of a Jewish teenager in 2002.
It is also used by police to investigate possible cases of sexual abuse.
Israel has long resisted releasing recordings because they would reveal the identities of people who had been involved in the killings.
But the country’s government has decided to release the records.
A lawyer representing the couple’s relatives, Rabbi Yoav Zellner, told Al Jazeera the records are “critical” evidence of their clients’ guilt.
“These recordings are evidence that Shimon was guilty,” Zellberg told Al-Jazeera.
“It’s clear he knew exactly who did it.”
The police had used the records for years, he said, and said he believed the records would provide information on people who might be suspects in cases of suspected police misconduct.
Israel says the records will be made public as a result of a ruling by the Jerusalem District Court.
The judge ruled in July that the police’s use of the database was unlawful and ordered it to be dismantled.
But in a statement on Friday, the Justice Ministry said the database will remain open.
“It’s necessary for us to release these records to establish the legal basis for the Israeli government’s decision to remove them from the database,” the ministry said.
“In the process, we will find the right legal and factual basis to allow us to provide the records that the court ordered.”‘
We are all the same’In the statement, the ministry added that the records “are not of interest to the courts and will not be made available to the public”.
“The database contains no identifying information about the individuals involved in cases or individuals who have been detained or charged,” it said.
“Nor does it contain information on any individual who was arrested or charged under the law.”
In a statement released to Al Jazeera on Friday night, Israel’s Ministry of Justice said it “is a part of the judicial process and will release the data only after the legal process has been completed”.
“This will be done in order to protect the privacy of individuals involved,” the statement said.
“We are not the ones who made the decision to stop this from happening.
We are all in this together.”
The move comes after the Israeli Supreme Court last month ruled that the Israel police should stop releasing the records of people arrested for offences such as theft.
The court ruled that police can only release information about those who are “persons suspected of a crime”.
In a separate case, a court has ordered the Israel Defense Forces to release recordings of the arrests of Palestinians and Arabs who were arrested on charges related to a 2014 attack on Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Bil’in.
The military said the recordings, made during the investigation of the attack, would “provide new evidence” to support the soldiers’ account of the incident.
Israel, which has a Jewish majority, says the recordings provide vital information to investigate attacks against it.
The recordings were first released in 2014, after an Israeli court found that they violated the countrys right to privacy.