Honenu demands: Lift the gag order!

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 9:30 As of the morning of Sunday, January 3 indictments are expected to be filed in the Kfar Duma case. The media has announced that the police and the GSS are expected to request lifting the gag order placed on the case. Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar, in light of the public interest in the case, demanded that the court lift the gag order on publicizing details of the interrogation methods, including the pressure used by the GSS on the interrogated detainees in the Kfar Duma case. Kedar also demanded that the complaints made by the interrogated detainees before the court be publicized as they were recorded in the court minutes. Kedar will demand that details not be publicized until after a court deliberation on his request.
“According to reports in the news media the police intend today [Sunday] to lift the gag order and announce details of the interrogation in this case,” wrote Kedar in the demand.
“Also it seems that in this case the investigating authorities carried out interrogations with authority which deviated from the norm, including use of physical force on the interrogated detainees. During the time that there was an unusual order preventing the suspects from meeting with their attorneys, the interrogated detainees raised serious claims before the court which were written in the court minutes.
“Concerning what is stated above, there is a great deal of information for which the Israeli public has been waiting and they expect to receive details and that is due to the unusual means used and also due to the great interest in the investigation of this case.
“In light of this we demand that when the court lifts the gag order on the details of the investigation, that it also lift the gag order on  publicizing the unusual means which were used, the interrogation methods which were used and the details of the investigation in general.
“We also demand that the court allow the publication of statements by the suspects who complained to us about their situation and the conduct of the investigative authorities in the various court deliberations.
“We demand that the court give a decision on this demand in the coming hours or alternatively schedule a deliberation for today on the matter, and we demand an interim order which leaves the gag order standing until all of the possible proceedings have been completed..
At the close of the demand Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar added that, “It is inconceivable that the investigating authorities leak details of an investigation and evidence from the interrogations to the media, while confidential information is kept from the defense attorneys in the case, certainly when some of the suspects have been prevented from meeting with their attorneys.”

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