Detained protesters unconditionally released

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 13:32 This morning (Tuesday) the Jerusalem Magistrates Court rejected the police demand to extend the remand of five protesters detained the previous evening and ordered their immediate release. The protesters were detained at the String Bridge in Jerusalem while demonstrating against the torture of an Ariel resident who was detained and interrogated after defending a group of attacked children.

Among the released protesters are minors and women. The protesters suffered police brutality when they were detained, and one of them was badly beaten while he was handcuffed in a police car.

Honenu Attorney Daniel Shimshilashvili, who represented the detainees, welcomed their release: “I am pleased that the court accepted our claims and rejected the unreasonable demand by the police, which is more suitable to dark regimes, to extend the detainees’ remand by three days and ordered the immediate release of all five detainees.

“The unnecessary suffering caused to the protesters is regrettable, and the police would do well to learn their lesson and act with the same determination against rioting Arabs. As of now, the police have not demanded a remand extension for any of the attackers.”

Shimshilashvili spoke this morning (Tuesday) prior to the hearing: “We are here at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court. A hearing is about to begin on the police demand to extend the remand of five demonstrators who expressed legitimate opposition to the severe torture of an interrogated detainee. It is certain that [the protests] are inconvenient for someone high up, and he decided to silence these protesters by all means. They were handcuffed in the police station for many hours, and one of them was badly beaten in the police car after he was detained by one of the policemen. He was detained without cause, in front of his wife, who is in an advanced state of pregnancy.

“We are here to raise the cry of the detained protesters and to assist them. We hope that the court will not cooperate with these flawed actions of the Israel Police and will order the unconditional release of the detainees today.”

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