Minor’s administrative order canceled

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 18:34 On Wednesday, April 5, the President of the Military Court of Appeals, Judge Col. Netanel Benisho, canceled an administrative order prohibiting a minor actively involved with outpost communities from making contact with approximately 45 specific individuals. Judge Col. Benisho partially accepted the appeal filed by Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher on behalf of the minor, and ruled that there is no justification for the sweeping administrative order which was imposed on the minor. At least one person is mentioned twice in the order and some of the others have “an extremely weak connection to the appellant”. The judge also ruled that the GOC is authorized to issue a more limited order which includes a prohibition on making contact with individuals about whom there is relevant, solid information. Additionally Judge Col. Benisho rejected the appeal filed by Honenu on the minor’s night house arrest and the order which distances him from all of Yehuda and Shomron other that the community in which he lives, but stressed that if the GSS and the GOC of the Central Command want to extend the order again, that step will be conditioned on either “receiving new information which fundamentally changes the evaluation of the level of danger or a significant change in the evaluation of the security situation.” The minor, who is approximately 17 years old, has been under administrative restrictions for close to two years. The orders have been renewed numerous times. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher: “We welcome the decision to cancel the sweeping prohibition which violates the rights of the minor, and we hope that the Central Command will soon stop the additional violations of his freedom which are caused in other ways by the order. The decision indicates that once again severe administrative restrictions had been imposed without adequate oversight.”

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