Judge shortened remand, DM Gantz extended it

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 9:12 Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the detainee: “The announcement by Defense Minister Gantz of the extension is a prize for terror and for left-wing organizations. This decision strengthens the public’s feeling that the State of Israel is not only doing nothing to increase security, but rather acting against Jews in particular.”

In mid-February, a Jewish youth residing in the Shomron was detained by the GSS and held for approximately three weeks, during which time they attempted to attribute to him the crimes of arson and assault. Initially, for approximately one week, the youth was under an order prohibiting him from meeting with an attorney. Afterwards, the GSS investigation continued for approximately two weeks. Then the Attorney General’s office declared their intent to indict the detainee, but the police did not find grounds for indicting the youth.

On March 11, Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an administrative order placing him in remand for two months. No charges were made against the youth and no criminal proceedings were undertaken. Judge Ruth Lorch, the President of the Lod District Court, shortened the remand of the administrative detainee by approximately one month. On April 13, contrary to Judge Lorch’s decision, Defense Minister Gantz signed on an order extending the remand by almost one month (from April 21 to May 15).

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