Court or­ders fifth Jew­ish ter­ror­ist sus­pect re­main in cus­tody

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By YONAH JEREMY BOB

The Lod Dis­trict Court or­dered the fifth Jew­ish-mi­nor ter­ror sus­pect to re­main in Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency) cus­tody on Sun­day, re­ject­ing an ap­peal by his lawyers.

Last week, the Ris­hon Lezion Mag­is­trate’s Court or­dered the re­lease of four of the mi­nor-sus­pects in the Jew­ish ter­ror case to house ar­rest un­til at least Tues­day, while keep­ing the fifth in cus­tody un­til Tues­day.

The fifth sus­pect has been in cus­tody since De­cem­ber 30, al­though he did get to meet with his lawyers after a week.

Lawyers Ita­mar Ben Gvir and Adi Kei­dar of Ho­nenu tried to get the Lod Dis­trict Court to in­ter­vene on Fri­day and then again on Sun­day, but were re­jected.

They said that they might ap­peal to the Supreme Court. They were par­tic­u­larly in­censed that the mi­nor was still kept in cus­tody, claim­ing that “he has sat for a week with­out even be­ing ques­tioned and there are no in­ves­ti­ga­tory ac­tiv­i­ties that he can in­ter­fere with.”

Ben Gvir de­clared a par­tial vic­tory last week when the four mi­nors were re­leased and slammed the Shin Bet for the al­leged wrong­ful ar­rest and mis­treat­ment of the four.

How­ever, the Shin Bet had re­sponded to the court de­ci­sions, high­light­ing that the de­ten­tion of one of the sus­pects was ex­tended for six days and that the oth­ers were not re­leased fully, but were still un­der house ar­rest.

It con­tra­dicted claims by the mi­nors’ de­fense lawyers that the four had been cleared of all charges, say­ing in­stead that the files for all four had been trans­ferred to the pros­e­cu­tion, who might still in­dict some or all of them.

On Jan­uary 6, the Shin Bet re­vealed that some of the mi­nors are sus­pects in the mur­der of Pales­tinian woman Aysha al-Rabi.

Rabi, a mother of nine, was hit by rocks while be­ing driven in a car by her hus­band near the Ta­puah Bar­rier in the West Bank and killed on Oc­to­ber 12.

From the start, there was tes­ti­mony that Jew­ish rock throw­ers had been in­volved, but no one had been caught un­til last Sun­day.

The Shin Bet has por­trayed the mi­nors as sus­pects in­volved in the mur­der and as be­ing part of a rad­i­cal group of anti-Zion­ist re­li­gious fa­nat­ics with sim­i­lar­i­ties to those cur­rently on trial for the mur­der of three Pales­tini­ans in Duma in July 2015.

There are other par­al­lels to that case too, some of the mi­nors in­ter­ro­gated were pre­vented from see­ing their lawyers for more than a week – a mea­sure re­served for ter­ror cases, but for which right-wing groups have pub­licly cam­paigned against.

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