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Remand reduced for detainee in Shuafat murder case

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 18:57 In a deliberation at the Lod District Court the remand of one of the suspects in the Shuafat murder case was reduced by agreement with the police. Attorney Bentzi Kovler represented the detainee. The suspect was violently detained at dawn on Sunday, July 6, including being shot in the neck by a Taser gun. Later the same day the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court extended the detainee’s remand by eight days. On Monday, July 7 in the afternoon the detainee met with his attorney for the first time after being banned from meeting with an attorney since the moment of his detention, for over 30 hours. During the meeting with his attorney the detainee said that he has no connection to the murder and that he is under intensive interrogation in a GSS facility. “I truly hope that already tomorrow it will be possible to release my client,” said attorney Bentzi Kovler, who is representing the detainee on behalf of Honenu, after the deliberation. “[This case] is testimony to the importance of meeting with an attorney as quickly as possible. My client is not connected in any way to the incident other than being related by blood to some of the other suspects in the case.” On Tuesday, July 8 in a deliberation under the auspices of Lod District Court Judge Avraham Tal the detainee’s remand was reduced to five days. Initially the police requested a remand extension of 15 days, which was refused by the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court. During the morning of Tuesday, July 8 an additional suspect in the case was detained. Honenu attorney Naftali Wertzberger filed an urgent appeal to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court and a deliberation was scheduled for 19:00 on the same day at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court.

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