Despite weak evidence, minor indicted

Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski; Photo credit: Honenu

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:55 A minor represented by Honenu Attorneys Adi Keidar and Moshe Poleski has been indicted at the Central District Court in Lod. In response they stated: “After examining the bill of indictment … it appeared that there is only one piece of forensic evidence implicating the minor, and it does not have any support or reinforcement of any kind. We are of the opinion that there is not enough evidence to continue his remand and certainly not to convict him. We hope that the court will order his release as soon as possible.”
Initially, on February 14 and 15, the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police, with the GSS, detained five suspects. On February 19, all of the detainees were released, except for the above-mentioned minor. Natzrat Magistrates Court Judge Moran Margalit leveled unprecedented criticism at the representative of the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police, Avi Tivoni, for the police treatment of the detainees. Judge Margalit stated that Tivoni concealed information from the court, replied to the court insolently, did not allow proper handling of a day of deliberations, and violated the detainees’ rights. In his decision, Judge Margalit ordered the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police Commander to provide the court with answers regarding the case within seven days, and commented, “I have never encountered such chutzpah during deliberations.”
In light of Judge Margalit’s criticism, Judge Doron Porat, the President of the Northern District Magistrates Courts, ordered the minutes of a February 19 deliberation transferred to Major General Shimon Lavie, the Northern District Police Commander, and to Commander Yoram Azulai, the Northern District Investigations and Intelligence Officer.
From the courthouse, Honenu Attorney Moshe Poleski responded to the indictment: “The indictment is a lot of show, and very little substance. It is convenient for the Attorney General’s office to paint a picture of a serious incident. But it appears that significant damage has not been caused to property, and certainly no bodily injury has been caused.
“The show and commotion that the Attorney General’s office has created with this case is more suitable to the [upcoming] Purim holiday. We are certain that the defendant will be released to his home very soon, and that the case will be closed in a much quieter manner.”

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