Yeshiva youths freed

January 13, 2019 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The Rishon Lezion Magistrates Court ordered the release of four of the five Israeli youth who have been rounded up by security forces in recent weeks in connection with the suspected killing of an Arab woman in October.

Photo by TPS on 6 January, 2019

Acting on the police’s request, the four yeshiva students were sent to house arrest. The remand of the fifth suspect was extended until Tuesday.

The suspects’ attorneys welcomed their clients’ release while charging that the youth have been subjected to harsh and improper forms of interrogation and that the Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency), which conducted the investigation, operated through illegal means.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, whose client was held for 12 days without the right to meet an attorney, called on the Shin Bet to do some “soul searching.”

“Who will compensate him [the detained youth] for the trauma [he experienced during detention]? I expect the Shin Bet interrogators to conduct soul-searching,” he said.

The Shin Bet denied the charges of misconduct, saying that the investigation is being monitored by the State Prosecutor’s Office and is being executed only through legal means.

The Shin Bet arrested several Israeli minors suspected of involvement in the October stone-throwing attack on passing cars near the Israeli community of Rehelim that resulted in the death of Aisha Rabi, a 48-year-old Arab mother of nine.

The suspects were arrested for “severe terrorist offences including murder,” the Shin Bet said.

Several protests were held at various locations in Israel demanding that the detainees receive fair treatment and a fair trial.

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