GSS detainees have not met with an attorney

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 8:42 Early yesterday morning (Monday), the GSS, and Yehuda and Shomron Police forces detained two settlers in the Shomron. One of the detainees is married and the father of an infant. Both of them were taken for interrogation at a GSS facility and forbidden to meet with an attorney until midnight that day. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the detainees, appealed to the Jerusalem District Court concerning the order preventing them from meeting with an attorney. Last night, the GSS extended the order by three days, and therefore the detainees have not yet met with an attorney.

Yesterday afternoon, when the two detainees were brought to a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, it was revealed that the Yehuda and Shomron Police and the GSS had withheld food from them since their detention. Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Amir Shaked gave an order to provide the detainees with food. (For a similar case in which Jerusalem Magistrates Juvenile Court Judge David Shaul Gabai Richter brought food from his chambers and provided it to three minors, click here.) At the hearing, the Yehuda and Shomron Police and the GSS requested a 10-day remand extension for the detainees. The court only partially accepted the request and extended the remand by three days. Honenu Attorney Daniel Shimshilashvili represented the detainees.

Attorney Shimshilashvili stated: “The Yehuda and Shomron Police and the GSS asked for my client’s remands to be extended by 10 days. The court extended the remand by only three days. We are of the opinion that there are no grounds to extend the remands at all, and there is certainly no reason to prevent them from meeting with an attorney as if they were ‘ticking time bombs.’ At the hearing, we found out that our clients had not received food since they were detained, which is a violation of a fundamental right, even for suspects and detainees. I implore the GSS and the Yehuda and Shomron Police to grant my clients their basic civil rights. We will appeal to the Jerusalem District Court concerning the unreasonable and extreme decision to prohibit the detainees from meeting with an attorney.”

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