Another remand extension on youth assaulted and suspected of damaging flock

Tuesday, March 27, 17:29 Honenu reports that the remand of E., the youth assaulted by Arabs last week and arrested on suspicion of assault has been extended by two days.

The remand has been extended due to the fact that the youth has no location outside of Yehuda and Shomron in which to stay during house arrest.

Last week E. was grabbed near the community of Migron by three Arabs from the village of Mukhmus. The Arabs assaulted E., injuring him in the head and other parts of the body. They then called the police to the scene, handed E. over to them as he was bleeding from his head injury and filed a complaint that E. had assaulted them and slaughtered one of their goats. E. was taken to the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police in Ma’aleh Adumim where he was interrogated. Only two hours after the interrogation ended was E. evacuated to the Hadassah-Mt. Scopus Hospital where his head wound was stitched.

It should be noted that despite E.’s injury and complaint not one of his assailants has been arrested or detained for interrogation.

Within three days a charge sheet was filed against E. for assault and slaughtering the goat. Today E. was brought to a deliberation on the request of the police to keep him in remand until the end of proceedings.

This morning (Tuesday) residents of Mukhmus, the village in which the assailants reside, complained that a vehicle had been torched and graffiti sprayed in the village. The graffiti read “Price Tag” and “Regards from E.” and appeared to be in response to the assault on E. last week. Later in the day in a raid on Ramat Migron seven youths were arrested. Four of them have been released and three will spend the night in remand. Honenu attorney Adi Kedar, who is handling the case, reports that at least one of them is suspected of involvement with the vehicular arson.

In a deliberation which took place today at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, Judge Irit Cohen suggested that E. be released to house arrest outside of Yehuda and Shomron. E.’s representative, Honenu attorney Itzik Bam, responded that E. has no suitable location in which to stay because all of his family lives in Yehuda and Shomron. In response the judge extended E.’s remand until Wednesday, when the youth probation service will give its opinion on an alternative to E. remaining in remand.

Honenu attorney Itzik Bam reported that he intends to appeal the judge’s decision.

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