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Unmarked police car rams youths’ car, killing one – Day 12


Ahuvia Sandak, z”l


See here for a list of posts connected to the case. Friday, January 1, 2021, 12:05 On Friday, January 1, the Tel Aviv District Court accepted the appeal filed by Honenu Attorneys Adi Keidar and Nati Rom, and ordered one of the survivors released to five days of house arrest. The detainee, who was in the same car as Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, when policemen rammed it during a police chase, was detained several minutes after the accident and has been held in remand since then. Three other detainees who had been in the car were released several days ago. Two days ago the Petah Tikva Magistrates Court extended his remand and today the Tel Aviv District Court accepted the appeal and ordered his release. In his decision, Judge Tzion Kafah referred to the attempt by the police to attribute responsibility for Ahuvia’s death to the detainee: “I concur with the first court, without making a definitive statement, that the likelihood that he is culpable of this crime is not great.” Additionally, Judge Kafah revealed in his decision that the report by the police traffic inspector determined that the car driven by the detectives from the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police collided with the car in which Ahuvia Sandak, z”l, was a passenger. “I examined the report by the inspector and I saw that there was a collision between the police car and the car that overturned.”


Scene of the accident


Over the past few days the police have attributed to the survivors of the accident the responsibility for the death of Ahuvia, z”l. Honenu filed a petition with the Supreme Court opposing that direction of thought and also demanded that the police be prohibited from investigating the death of Ahuvia in light of the conflict of interest, being as also policemen are being investigated on suspicion of criminal culpability for causing his death. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar: “The appeal which we filed was accepted. The court ruled that there is no need to hold the suspect in remand and also leveled criticism at the police. We welcome the decision and I am of the opinion that within the next few days the truth will be revealed, according to which the policemen should have been in remand, not the suspect. Honenu Attorney Nati Rom added: “The court put an end to the requests by the police for remand extensions. I hope that this is also the end of the cover-up attempts and the attempts to place responsibility on the suspects instead of on the policemen who rammed into the car.”

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