Court released Zarog to house arrest, State appealed

Zarog shortly before his detention; Photo credit: Free use

Zarog shortly before his detention; Photo credit: Free use

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:19 At 11:30 on Thursday, November 14, a deliberation will be held at the Lod District Court on the appeal filed by the State of Israel in the case of Neriya Zarog. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar will represent Zarog. On Tuesday, November 12, Petah Tikva Magistrates Court Judge Erez Melamed rejected the request by the State of Israel to detain Neriya Zarog until the end of proceedings against him and ordered his release under restrictive conditions, placing him under the constant supervision of his father. However the State appealed the decision and the court acceded to a request by the State, ordering a delay in carrying out the decision until a deliberation on the appeal could be held in the district court. Zarog was served with an indictment for the offenses of violating a legal order and disturbing a policeman in the line of duty. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar: “The court ordered the release of Neriya Zarog under relatively lenient conditions. We pleaded and our pleas were accepted: the Israeli Police showed an inexplicable laches by on one hand saying that the man [Zarog] is dangerous, and on the other not making any effort [for over a month] to detain him. Already at this initial stage, even before examining the investigative material, the court ordered his release. The State announced that they will appeal, and we will also appeal after examining all of the material.” The GOC of the Central Command, Major-General Nadav Padan, signed on an administrative order distancing Neriya Zarog from the Yehuda and Shomron regions over one month before he was brutally detained at his home in Yitzhar.

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