Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:48 On Monday, August 17, Lod District Court Judge Avraham Tal accepted the appeals filed by the State and ruled that the three suspects detained on Thursday, August 13 on suspicion of arson will remain in remand. The appeal filed by Honenu attorney Chai Haber was rejected. The detainees have been held in a GSS detention facility under harsh conditions since their detention. Judge Tal ruled that the two minors ordered released on Monday, August 17 by the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court will remain in remand until Wednesday, August 19, and that the ban on meeting with an attorney placed on all three of the detainees will remain in effect until Wednesday as well. Honenu attorney Chai Haber, who is representing the three detainees, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Israel on the Lod Districts Court’s decision on the appeal of the ban to meet with an attorney. Haber explained that despite the fact that the court has ruled that a suspect may be denied the right to meet with an attorney if there is concern about interference with the investigation or potential danger, this is a case in which this extreme measure should not be taken. According to Haber the ban in this case is meant to break the spirits of the detainees and is not necessary for the investigation, such as to prevent the disclosure of evidence or the disruption of the investigation. In addition, this case involves a property crime and not the endangerment of human life. The Petah Tikva Magistrate Court ruled on the afternoon of Monday, August 17 that there is no evidence linking the two minors in the case to the arson and ordered their release. All three detainees have been held in harsh conditions by the GSS since Thursday, August 13. Among the complaints by the detainees, one of the minors claimed in court that a policeman from the Central Unit of Police beat him and the other minor said that he was kept awake for 24 hours straight.
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