Geulat Tzion case continues

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 15:32 On Thursday, January 19, the police filed a plaintiff’s affidavit and intend to file an indictment some time during the following week in the case of four youths, three of them minors, who were detained on January 16 (see here and here) in the area of the Geulat Tzion outpost on suspicion of assaulting Arabs who came to the area accompanied by security forces. It has not yet been clarified whether the forces were undercover policemen who set an ambush or soldiers disguised as Arabs. The police representative demanded a remand extension until the indictment is filed. Honenu Attorney Sinaiya Moses-Harizi, who represented the detainees, pleaded that they should be released to house arrest because of their ages: three of the detainees are minors and the fourth is 18 years of age. Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Keren Miller ordered the release of two of the minors to house arrest, but agreed to the police demand to delay carrying out the order until the following morning in order to allow the police time to file an appeal with the Jerusalem District Court. Judge Miller extended the remand of the other two detainees until Monday, January 23. Honenu Attorney Sinaiya Moses-Harizi: “The defendants are minors and one young adult, none of whom have a criminal record. We are pleased that the court ordered the release of two of them to their homes. We will wait and see if an indictment is filed. We will examine the evidence in the case and the circumstances of the incident.” Honenu would like to call to our readers’ attention that the courts and the public have in the past severely criticized the use of soldiers disguised as Arabs in order provoke reactions from Jews. The Yehuda and Shomron Police have staged such incidents in Havat Gilad, Susiya, Havat Har Sinai, Givat Ronen, Bat Ayin, Kochav HaShahar, Adei Ad, and elsewhere in the Shilo Bloc region.

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