Court ruled: “There is insufficient evidence to press charges”

Tuesday, October, 11, 2011, 13:09 A short time ago at the Petah Tikva Magistrates Court the deliberation on the suspect in the northern Israel mosque arson incident ended. Judge Nitza Maimon Shashua extended the remand of the suspect by five days, but ruled in her decision that since the extension on the first remand of the suspect there has been no development in the investigation, and there is insufficient evidence to press charges. The judge also ruled in her decision that if there is no significant development in the investigation by Sunday, there will be cause to release the suspect. “I reason that the claim of the defense attorney has merit, being as there has been no significant development in the investigation since the extension of the first remand,” wrote Judge Shashua, and added that “There is insufficient evidence to press charges, and I reason that a final date should be set by which if there is no significant development in the investigation, there will be cause to release the suspect.” Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the detainee, responded to the decision of the court and said that, “The court’s decision speaks for itself. The claims that we raised from the first day have proven to be correct, and they were clearly stated by the court, which extended the remand only due to the complexity of the case, and ruled in effect on a final date by which if there is no significant development, there will be cause to release the suspect.” Keidar added that “I hope that the Israeli Police release him some time during the next few days, and not wait for the court’s decision.”

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