House arrest requested, detainee unconditionally released
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:42 Another embarrassment for the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations: House arrest requested, detainee unconditionally released. At the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court a deliberation took place this morning on the request of the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations to release under restrictive conditions the Mitzpe Avichai resident detained last week on suspicion of involvement with the mosque arson in Bayt Fajr more than a year ago. Investigators from the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations demanded that he be released to complete house arrest, in addition to the distancing order barring him from entering Yehuda and Shomron and the large bonds posted. At the end of the deliberation the judge accepted the plea by Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar, who is representing the detainee, and unconditionally released him. However, the judge did rule that he would have to post a 3,000 NIS bond. Another youth was detained along with the Mitzpe Avichai resident and the police requested that their remand be extended by 10 days. The court rejected the request out of hand and released the two, however the police appealed to the district court which extended the remand of the Mitzpe Avichai resident and unconditionally released the other detainee. On Sunday the remand of the Mitzpe Avichai resident was extended again and this morning he was unconditionally released after no connection between him and the arson incident was proven. It should be noted that the Investigators from the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations did not present the detainee with even one piece of evidence linking him to the incident. We reiterate that yesterday the Attorney General’s office and the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations suffered a great downfall when the court unconditionally released the three defendants who had been indicted for plotting “price tag” activities. The Attorney General’s office demanded that the court extend their remand until the end of proceedings against them, however the court ruled that the evidence in the case was weak and released them unconditionally.