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Two ISA detainees released to house arrest

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:14 On the morning of Wednesday, April 20, the Central District Court in Lod rejected the appeal filed by the Israeli Police and ordered the release to house arrest of two ISA detainees detained on Monday, April 18 on suspicion of involvement with several incidents which are under a gag order. The incidents are connected to the recent case involving five ISA detainees. Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar: “We regard with severity the fact that the investigating unit brought two young suspects who do not have a criminal record to court, particularly for old incidents. Initially all of the incidents in the case were attributed to the suspects, but after the deliberation it turned out that their involvement [with the incidents] was minor. The police deliberately and inappropriately misled, and we are pleased that the courts, the [Petah Tikva] Magistrate and [Central] District Court, in the end ordered the detainees’ release while criticizing the investigating authorities. We hope that it will be like this with the others.” On Tuesday, April 19 the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court accepted the opinion of Honenu Attorney Sinaiya Moses-Harizi, who represented both detainees, and ordered their release to house arrest. The police filed an appeal on the decision and therefore the detainees were left in remand until the deliberation the following day at which the Central District Court rejected the appeal and ordered their release. As of this publication ten suspects have been detained in the case, four of them IDF soldiers, one of them an officer. One of the soldiers is still in remand as are four other detainees who for more than ten days have been under an order forbidding them from meeting with an attorney.

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