Distancing order reduced by 15 days

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 19:59 The duration of the distancing order of two minors who were detained outside of the gates to the Temple Mount and unnecessarily kept in remand overnight has been shortened. They were suspected of disturbing the public peace and disturbing a policeman in the line of duty.
After the incident the minors were taken for interrogation to the police station and kept in remand overnight, after they had been interrogated and could have been released. In the morning when they were brought before a judge at the Jerusalem Juvenile Magistrate Court, she ordered their release and a 60-day distancing order. Honenu Attorney Avichai Hajbi appealed the distancing order with the Jerusalem Juvenile District Court on behalf of the minors. Hajbi claimed that contrary to what the police had stated, the minors had not actively resisted when they were removed from the site.
During the deliberation the judge leveled criticism at the unnecessary overnight detention of the two minors. The judge partially accepted the appeal and ruled that, “It was not convincingly explained why the police officer did not use his authority to order the minors conditionally released.”
The judge reduced the distancing order by 15 days to 45 days.
Honenu Attorney Avichai Hajbi: “The Juvenile District Court explained to the investigative unit that leaving my clients behind bars was an unacceptable act. We hope that the investigative department will internalize the court’s decision and not repeat such conduct again.”

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