Temple Mount activists detained

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 11:08 Five minors were detained on the morning of Sunday, April 9, and interrogated at the Central Unit of the Jerusalem Police on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime. After their interrogation the police offered them the possibility of release on condition of signing on an order distancing them from Jerusalem until Wednesday. At least one of the detainees refused to sign on the order. The minors, one of whom is only approximately 14 years old, were detained in the early morning at their homes. They were interrogated on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime based on their intent to sacrifice the Passover sacrifice. At the police station Honenu Attorney Nati Rom provided three of the youths with legal counsel. Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir provided the other two youths with legal counsel. Rom: “Once again we are witness to the systematic trampling of the basic rights of minors who are barely criminally responsible. The minors are suspected of conspiring to commit a crime in the future, when it is not clear at all what the crime is. They were detained in the early morning without being given any idea as to why or for what they were being detained. “The Israeli Police are using detention as a means of punishment. This is a serious violation of human rights and the freedom to protest. The minors are suspected of wanting to fulfill the commandant of the Passover sacrifice. This is a baseless charge, about an act which may be carried out in the future, which is not in any way a crime. This is a worrisome detention for the purpose of intimidation and education.”

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