Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 20:02 On Wednesday, November 12, the Jerusalem Magistrate Court rejected the police request to extend by three days the remand of a 17 year old Jewish youth detained the previous night on suspicion of “conspiring to commit a crime”.
Policemen at the Moriah Police Station detained the youth at 23:00 on Tuesday, November 11, as he was, according to them, standing with four other youths in a suspicious manner near parked cars in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem. The policemen started to run in the direction of the youths, who fled. The policemen caught up to one of the youths and took him to the police station where he was interrogated on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime.
On Wednesday, November 12 the police requested a three-day remand extension. The
main claims against the youth were that he was wearing a neck-warmer, which is apparently a cause for suspicion in the eyes of the police, and that he was detained in an area in which three incidents of assaults against Arabs had occurred in recent months.
Honenu attorney David HaLevi, who represented the youth, pleaded during the court deliberation that with all due respect to the police, wearing a neck-warmer on a cold night in Jerusalem cannot be a cause for detention. Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Gioia Skappa-Shapiro accepted HaLevi’s plea and ruled that there is no cause to extend the youth’s remand. Judge Shapiro ordered that the youth be banned for 15 days from entering the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood.
Honenu attorney David HaLevi, who represented the youth, said in response, “This was an arbitrary and superfluous detention. The decision to release my client immediately speaks for itself.”