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Yehuda and Shomron Police, arrogant?

Monday, October 3, 2011, 14:05 More arrogance from the Yehuda and Shomron Police? Three youths were detained over the past few days on suspicion of plotting a crime after they were caught near a vehicle in which there were bottles of gasoline. Today the police will request another extension on their remand. The saga began late at night last Tuesday. Border police stopped three youths as they walked along the road between hilltops in the Shiloh Bloc and were approximately 100 meters from a vehicle in which there were several bottles of gasoline. The police detained two of the youths and the third was released immediately. When they arrived at the police station the police investigators from the Binyamin Police in cooperation with the National Unit of Serious and International Crime Investigations announced that the youths were suspected of plotting a crime. The two denied any involvement with committing a crime. Later it turned out that the vehicle involved does not even belong to any of the three youths who, as stated, were arrested some distance from it. On Wednesday, on the eve of the Rosh Hashana holiday, their remand was extended until Sunday. On Sunday police detectives detained the third youth, who had been released on site, and interrogated him on the same suspicion. He also denied all charges. Today the police brought the three to court in Jerusalem, and issued a statement of demands concerning them according to which a charge sheet will be served against them on suspicion of plotting a crime. Honenu Attorney Itzik Bam is representing the three detainees. Bam responded to the remand and said that, “I have a feeling that the announcement of the detention is meant to satisfy the Prime Minister and the political leadership who want detentions at any price, even though they were detained before the mosque was set on fire. The crux of the matter is that three people were detained on site, one suspect was released on site and detained four days later. If there is evidence in the case and the police released the suspect on site, then they are not the Israeli Police but rather the Chelm Police.” Bam added that “according to the police claim in the court transcript, the suspects were detained approximately one hundred meters from the car involved, which indicates weak evidence against them. We stress that the detainees are minors with no criminal records whose rights have been violated during their remand.” Honenu also would like to remind everyone that last week Alex Ostrovsky, who had been detained on suspicion of vandalizing army vehicles at the Binyamin Territorial Brigade base, was released. Ostrovsky was released after eight days of exhausting interrogation, during which no connection between him and the vandalism was proven. In the past Yehuda and Shomron residents have been detained several times when pocket knives and tools were found in their vehicles, what seemed to the police to be tools for for criminal purposes. In every instance the suspects were released after no illegal intent was proven.

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