Appeal rejected in Nahal Hareidi case

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:05 On Wednesday, November 11, Military Court of Appeals Judge Brigadier-General Doron Peles rejected the appeal filed in the case of two of the four Nahal Hareidi Netzah Yehuda soldiers accused of hitting terrorists and ruled that they will remain in remand until the end of proceedings against them. The soldiers were detained in mid-October 2015 along with three other soldiers who have been released. Honenu Attorney Chai Haber, who is representing them, pleaded that they do not pose a danger because the incident was an isolated instance of hitting terrorists. However Judge Brigadier-General Peles ruled that hitting the terrorists does indicate a danger to the public and rejected the pleas of their attorney. See here for Judge Lieutenant Colonel Shahar Greenberg’s previous ruling in the case. Honenu Attorney Chai Haber expressed concern that the decision will lead to a drop in the motivation of IDF soldiers. “It was sad to hear the decision of the military court of appeals. It appears that there is a trend of exaggerating everything relating to the interpretation and purpose of the laws of remand and the idea behind depriving a man of his freedom before he has been convicted by law, when he is still considered innocent. Certainly it would be enough to confine them to their base, if even that is necessary. But for a reason which is not clear, and certainly is not in line with verdicts previously handed down by courts, it was decided to leave them in remand, which is unfortunate.” The two soldiers mentioned above and two additional soldiers are accused of hitting detained terrorists being held in a Nahal Hareidi Netzah Yehuda Regiment military post in the area of Tul Karem.

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