Honenu Attorneys to demand release of minor

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 13:49 The 15-year-old minor who has been prohibited from meeting with an attorney will be brought to a deliberation on the afternoon of Sunday, April 29. The Honenu Attorneys representing him will demand that the court order his release. The minor was detained on Tuesday, April 24, on suspicion of damaging Arab property. On Thursday, Honenu Attorneys attempted for hours to locate and meet with the minor. The police investigators transferred them from one official to another and at some point during the search, interrogators from the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police informed the Honenu Attorneys that the minor was being held at the Russian Compound. Honenu Attorney Nati Rom arrived at the detention center and discovered that the police had misled him. The minor was not there. After an urgent request by Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court demanding that the police allow an attorney to immediately meet with the minor, Judge David Shaul Gabai Richter ordered the police to do so. Following Judge Richter’s decision the police issued an order prohibiting the minor to meet with an attorney. The police also announced that the minor was being interrogated at the Central Unit of the Jerusalem Police. Due to the unusual circumstances Judge Richter called an urgent deliberation for the afternoon of the same day, at which he censured the police for their conduct and noted that because of the order the deliberation must be transferred to the Jerusalem District Court. On Friday, April 27, until very shortly before the beginning of Shabbat, Honenu Attorneys waged a legal battle, at the end of which Supreme Court Justice Anat Baron rejected the appeal filed by Honenu on behalf the minor to speak to an attorney and also refused, against the law, to hold a deliberation on the matter. A Honenu Attorney who arrived on Shabbat at the location where the minor was supposedly being held, to meet with him at the time the order prohibiting meeting with an attorney expired, discovered that the order had been extended, contrary to statements by the State Attorney’s office that the order would be lifted on Shabbat afternoon. It turned out that the minor had been held at the detention center of the Ariel Police Station. Undercover policemen planted in his cell tried to persuade him to admit to the crimes of which he had been accused. Honenu Attorneys Nati Rom, Adi Keidar and David HaLevi intend to demand the minor’s release and also to file a complaint on the conduct of the Supreme Court in the case.

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