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Youth to remain in remand due to discriminatory policy

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 9:30 A youth was released on Thursday, June 11, to house arrest at his parents’ home in Beit El on condition of wearing an electronic handcuff . However after it turned out that the company which supplies electronic handcuffs to the Israeli Prison Services does not operate in Yehuda and Shomron, Jerusalem Magistrate Judge Mordechai Kaduri ruled that the youth would remain in remand until the end of proceedings. A deliberation on the case is scheduled for approximately one week’s time in which an alternative penalty to remand or house arrest in Yehuda and Shomron, will be examined. However until a decision is made at the deliberation the youth will remain in remand. Courts have ruled numerous times that residents of Yehuda and Shomron be released and cancelled the condition of an electronic handcuff after it turned out that it was not possible to provide this service in those areas. The judges explained that the situation was discriminatory, however despite those rulings Judge Kaduri decided differently and left the youth in remand. “The shocking thought that a man remains in remand despite a legal decision which rules that he should be released, requires immediate intervention. The suppliers of the handcuffs set a fait accompli which discriminates against most of the residents of Yehuda and Shomron. And that is by an arbitrary decision which negates and cancels a legal and binding decision,” stated Honenu attorney Adi Kedar, who is representing the youth.

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