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Israeli ministry investigates baby hostage case
THE GUARDIAN, JERUSALEM
Saturday, Mar 18, 2006, Page 6
Israel's justice ministry is deciding whether to prosecute a Jerusalem hospital that held a new-born baby for two months as collateral because its mother was unable to pay her bill.
The ministry intervened last week to force the Moqassed hospital in East Jerusalem to give the infant to its mother and is examining whether to charge it with false imprisonment.
The mother, who is Arab but has not been named, gave birth to triplets prematurely in January. As the children's father is a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, the hospital demanded payment of 10,000 shekels (US$2,120) because it said it was not certain of recovering the costs of treating the babies from Israel's national insurance fund even though their mother is a legal resident of Jerusalem.
When the woman said she was unable to pay, the hospital said it would keep one of the three children, a girl, as a "guarantee" until the money was found.
Earlier this month the parents went to the justice ministry. The head of its legal aid office, Eyal Globus, said he investigated their claim and found it to be correct.
"It turned out that things were exactly as the mother said they were; the third baby was being held," he told Haaretz newspaper.
"This is not the first time that the hospital has kept babies as hostages for payment of debts," he added.
The ministry ordered the release of the baby and said it would ensure the insurance fund reimbursed the hospital. The hospital declined to comment.
The woman's family told Haaretz that she was turned away from two other Israeli hospitals because she was unable to pay a deposit of about US$70,000 before being admitted.