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Demonstrators detained protesting GSS torture released

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 14:14 On the night of Tuesday, December 22, in a wave of detentions at protests throughout Israel, 22 demonstrators protesting the GSS torture of youths detained in the Kfar Duma case were detained. They are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 23. See here, here, and here for previous posts on the GSS torture. Four youths, two male and two female, who were detained during a protest at the String Bridge in Jerusalem spent the night in remand and were brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on the morning of Wednesday, December 23. The police demanded that a condition of their release be an order banning them from entering Jerusalem for six months, due to suspicion of disturbing public order and disturbing policemen in the line of duty. Honenu Attorney Sinaiya Moses-Harizi, who represented all four detainees, pleaded that there was no cause to place a ban on the protesters, who denied all charges. Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Gioia Skappa-Shapiro ruled that there are no grounds for such a stringent condition, and instead ordered the detainees banned from participating in protests, legal and illegal, for two weeks. Simultaneously the 18 demonstrators who protested at the Tishbi Intersection were brought to the Natzrat Magistrate Court. The police requested a remand extension, however the court ordered the release of seven minors to their yeshiva, where they will be confined until Sunday, December 27, and extended the remand of the adults until Thursday, December 24. Following an appeal the district court also ordered the release of the adults in the case to house arrest on the evening of Wednesday, December 23. Honenu reports that since the wave of demonstrations protesting the torture began, 40 demonstrators have been detained throughout Israel. All of them have been released either at the police station or in court. Honenu Attorneys represented the detainees in court.

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