Givat Ronen detainees’ remand extended again

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 16:12 Two residents of Givat Ronen, a hilltop community in the Shomron, were detained in the middle of the night between Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 while the IDF and the Israeli Police destroyed structures in the community. The police suspect the detainees, who are married, are in their 20’s and have children, of assaulting a policeman and possessing a spike. Honenu attorney Aharon Roza is representing the detainees.
On Thursday, June 4 the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court extended until Sunday, June 7, the remand of the two detainees, after the police filed a plaintiff’s affidavit stating that they would file an indictment against them. The charges for which the police will file the indictment are not specified in the plaintiff’s affidavit, in which the police made a general statement.
Roza requested releasing the detainees to an alternative to the remand. The judge refused and Roza immediately filed an appeal with the Lod District Court on the decision.
“We do not accept the court’s decision according to which the plaintiff’s affidavit filed [by the police] obligates leaving the two detainees in remand,” stated Roza. “This is an isolated incident for which an alternative which distances the suspects from the site, on condition of bail and close surveillance, will serve the same purpose as the remand. Therefore an appeal has already been filed with the [Lod] District Court. Additionally, I object to the method by which the Attorney General’s office files a plaintiff’s affidavit without detailing the crimes, the police claim that the remand should be extended because of the large number of crimes, and after several days an indictment which is a weak version of the affidavit, including very few of the crimes mentioned, is filed.”

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