Cleared for publication: “Price tag” detainees released

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 15:59 Gag order lifted: Two Jewish minors, both residents of Jerusalem, who were detained in mid-November 2015 on suspicion of involvement with “price tag” incidents have been released. They were suspected of setting an Arab vehicle on fire in the village of Umm Tuba and spray-painting “price tag” graffiti in Jerusalem. During the last week of November, one of the minors was released and the second was released on Tuesday, December 1. Both minors state that they were intensively interrogated at the Central Unit of the Jerusalem Police. Despite the harsh interrogations they denied all connection to the incidents. Honenu Attorney David HaLevi, who represented both minors, stated that, “Once again we see that a case which began with over-confidence and brash statements on the part of the police interrogators, ended with nothing. The two minors denied all charges and suffered harsh interrogations during which their rights were severely violated. We hope that lessons have been learned and that the courts will be more careful and not become rubber stamps for the investigating authorities, even in cases of so-called ‘price tag’ incidents.”

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