Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Activity against security in the region, Barred (from meeting with attorney)

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Roni Hammermann, Tova Szeintuch (reporting)

Translation: Marganit W.


One day in early March three young friends finished their work in Ramallah, and as is typical of youngsters, they had a laugh together. Except this time the laughter ended badly.

As they were talking and laughing – in the middle of a street in Ramallah – the words gun and guns were mentioned…. They must have been heard: a week later the three were arrested and interrogated. They were kept in solitary confinement and barred from meeting an attorney for 12 days.

Today, after a remand extension hearing, Justice Lieberman released two of them. The hearing of the third detainee will take place on Thursday.


Judge: Lieut. Col. Menahem Lieberman

Police investigator: Ziyad Katish

Defense: Ma’amoun Hashim, Avi Bar’am, Judd Kadamon, Firas Sabah


There were five cases in the docket.


Zakaria Ahmad Ismail Taha – ID 401314778

There was agreement on remand extension for 4 days and then transferring the case to the prosecution.


Mahmoud Naim Mahmoud Hamad – ID 860190800

Defense: Avi Bar’am


He was arrested on 7.3.16, and is barred from seeing counsel for 20 days.

The investigators requested 20 additional days. This is the fourth extension.


Defense: Have you transferred the detainee to Ashkelon Prison for interrogation?

A: No comment.

Q: What is he suspected of?

A: Arms trading, throwing rocks and activity detrimental to security in the region.

Q: Was he arrested at home?

A: Yes.

Q: Meaning there was intelligence leading to his arrest.

A: It’s in the secret file.

Q: He’s been in detention for almost a month. He was massively interrogated.

A: It’s according to the investigation plan.


Defense summation: This is the fourth remand extension. Why such a long investigation? He was arrested based on intelligence, which means they came to him after gathering information. The defense requests release or, at least, significant reduction in the length of the investigation.

Judge’s summation: The respondent has been in custody since 7.3 and is under investigation. He is suspected of arms trading. The defense maintains that he is cooperating and there is no need for a lengthy detention.  I gather that there is enough evidence showing that he is involved in security violations. The investigation has to conclude.

Remand extension for 4 days.


Baher Jamal Jamil Dar Nasser – ID 850838400

Defense: Attorneys Hashim, Kadamani and Sabah.

The investigator requests 15-day extension.


Defense: What are the charges?

A: Security violations and membership in a proscribed organization.

Q: Is it true that he denies all the allegations?

A: It’s in the secret file.

Q: He explained that he and his friends were joking about trading in combat materiel. There is nothing in the file to negate his claim.

A: It’s in the secret file.

Q: Doesn’t the other detaineesinfo-icon’ claim about joking corroborate his statement?

A: The others made the same claim.

Q: Does the section in the secret file (about security) strengthen the case against my client?

A: Yes, it does.

Q: Was the respondent sent to a clinic?

A: There is reference to his medical condition.


Defense summation: We object to the request. The police have to adduce evidence for a fourth extension. His medical condition is compromised. We request that he be released.


Judge’s summation: The suspect is detained on charges that he was involved in activity endangering security in the region. I have been following the investigation. There was no progress. Even in the secret file, I did not find reason to extend the remand. Consulting the memorandum, I conclude that some of the suspicions are unfounded.

Justice Lieberman added: It seems to me that enough time has elapsed since his arrest to investigate the allegation. Thus, I see no reason to order a remand extension.

Release hinges on depositing 3000 shekels to ensure his reporting to investigation, if needed.

He has to be released by 5.4.16 at 16:00.


Ibrahim Sari Razek Sharitah – ID 850514290

Justice Lieberman asked the typist to copy/paste his earlier decision and attach it to Baher’s file, and to his friends’ files since they are suspected of the same violation.

The detainee was not present at the hearing; as soon as he was brought into the courtroom, he heard about the release and smiled incredulously.


Shadi Yussuf Fatah Abdullah – ID 9007299021

The investigators requested 11 more days.

The questions were short, the answers even shorter.

Defense summation: We object to the extension. The suspicion is serious, but in itself does not warrant detention. The respondent was subjected to a very lengthy interrogation: he cooperated and supplied plausible explanations. He was asked to undergo a polygraph and passed it successfully. We move to shorten the remand or to release him.


Judge’s summation: The respondent has been in custody since 14.3,16. He is suspected of involvement in a shooting incident. Having examined the updated reports I determine that there is reasonable suspicion that he was indeed involved in the attack in one way or another.

The judge ordered a remand extension of 8 days.