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Detainee refused to recognize the court, detained until the end of proceedings

Monday, July 30, 19:21 A., a resident of the community of Tapuah in the Shomron, was detained approximately one month ago on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti on a police car. After A. refused to recognize the authority of the court, the court ordered that he remain in remand until the end of proceedings against him, which could be a matter of many months. Approximately one month ago A. was detained in Tapuah on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti on a police car which had arrived at the community. A. was taken to a police station and the following morning to court. Because the misdemeanor was minor, the police did not request a remand extension. Instead, the police requested that A. sign on bail and also that a third party sign on bail in order to ensure that A. appear in court for all deliberations on his case. Here the problem began. A. refused to recognize the authority of the court because it does not judge according to the laws of the Torah and therefore refused to sign on the bail as required. Subsequently the court ordered that A. not be released until he agreed to sign. In the meantime an indictment was filed against A. and several deliberations were held. A. still maintained his refusal to recognize the court. Honenu notes that this is not the first time that a suspect or defendant has refused to recognize the authority of the court. “Since the incidents involving the protests against the Disengagement seven years ago, we have handled dozens of incidents in which the detainees have refused to recognize the authority of the court. Usually such cases resulted in prolonged detainments even for relatively minor misdemeanors.” In a deliberation which took place today at the K’far Saba Magistrate Court, A. still refused to recognize the court by signing on bail. In response to the judge’s question as to why he refused to sign, A. replied that he has principles which he is not willing to forgo.

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