Honenu activist Eran Schwartz released

Monday, August 26, 2013 Photo: Border police commanding officer Mahdi Kablan handcuffing Schwartz. Please see the video here.
On Sunday, August 25 Yitzhar resident and key Honenu activist Eran Schwartz along with his friend Doron Fisher videoed the collision of a border police Jeep with a civilian car. Schwartz asked the Jeep driver to identify himself and was immediately accused of assaulting a policemen in the line of duty. Fisher was also accused of assault and both he and Schwartz were detained by the border police. Schwartz also recorded the video clip of Yassam police shocking Boaz Albert with a Taser during Albert’s detention on August 15.
In a deliberation which took place on Monday, August 26 at the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court the police had difficulty in bringing witnesses of the supposed assault. Due to this difficulty Judge Nachum Sternlicht ruled to immediately release Schwartz and Fisher and ban them from entering Yitzhar for only three days.
Judge Sternlicht leveled strong criticism against the police and wrote in his ruling: I would like to express questioning surprise at the request itself, which differs from all other requests for remand which I have seen to this day. The police requested a two-day remand [on the two detainees] and already knew at the time to request an order banning them from Yitzhar for 15 days. If the claim was true that there was a need for a two-day remand in order to complete the investigation, how did the police know already what the results of the investigation were going to be and that they justify restricting their liberty for an additional 15 days?! It appears that it would be a good idea for the matter to be examined.”
Honenu attorney Adi Kedar represented Eran Schwartz.
Honenu hopes that this is not personal persecution of the Honenu activist who recorded the horrific detention of Boaz Albert on Thursday August 15 during which Yassam police repeatedly shocked Albert with a Taser. The video clip shocked the general public in Israel and brought about the decision by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino to ban police use of Taser guns.

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