Last-minute detention order extension appealed

Honenu Attorney David HaLevi; Photo credit: Honenu

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 8:39 On April 2, the day that a Binyamin resident was set to be released from administrative detention, his detention was extended by two months by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who also signed the original order. The resident, who had already been detained for four months, received the notification after he had packed all of his belongings in preparation of his release, and his family was waiting outside of the prison gates. Honenu Attorney David HaLevi, who is representing the resident, appealed the extension to the Supreme Court.

In the appeal, Attorney HaLevi underscored that the resident does not have a criminal record and that he had not been granted a trial or the opportunity to defend himself, as is the case with all recipients of administrative orders. Attorney HaLevi also cited the fact that recently dozens of Arab administrative detainees, some of whom were tried for serious security crimes, were released at the beginning of the month of Ramadan in a gesture of good will, and demanded that the court release the Binyamin resident and cancel his administrative order.

Honenu Attorney David HaLevi: “My client has been under administrative detention for four months. No evidence incriminating him has been presented and he has not been granted a trial. He is detained because of an arbitrary and discriminatory decision made by Defense Minister Gallant and other security authorities. My client’s appeal to the Supreme Court is expected to be heard this coming week. I sincerely hope that the court will intervene and put an end to the injustice caused to my client, whose freedom has been severely violated.

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