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AG rejects Ben Gvir’s appeal against appointments of several top police officials

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they unfold.

Czechs say China has shut two ‘police stations’ in Prague

The Czech foreign minister says that China closed two “police stations” in Prague after an international uproar over claims that such centers may have been used to harass dissidents.

Spanish-based organization Safeguard Defenders says China has set up 54 such police facilities around the world, including in Israel.

Critics say they were used to silence Beijing’s political opponents. China says these offer services — such as driver’s license renewals — to nationals abroad.

“Czech diplomacy has repeatedly raised the issue of ‘police stations’ with the Chinese side,” Minister Jan Lipavsky tells AFP.

“I discussed this with the Chinese ambassador this week and he assured me the Czech ones have been closed,” he adds.

Last month, the Netherlands ordered China to close its two “police stations” there, and the Canadian federal police is also investigating similar centers.

AG rejects Ben Gvir’s appeal against appointments of several top police officials

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara shuts down an attempt by incoming police minister Itamar Ben Gvir to cancel the appointments of several top police officials, which were approved in recent days by Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai and the outgoing police minister, Omer Barlev.

The Otzma Yehudit party leader had argued that such appointments days before his expected entry into the post are illegitimate and may be an attempt to tie his hands.

Baharav-Miara replies that the appointments, including of a new chief of Border Police in the West Bank, were indeed “problematic” and should have been done only after seeking counsel with her office, and yet “the appointments have already entered into effect and are a done deal, and the ability to intervene legally is limited.”