Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Barred (from meeting with attorney), Holding and trading of combat materiel

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Roni Hammermann, Tova Szeintuch (reporting)

Translation: Marganit W.


Judge: Lieut. Col. Menahem Lieberman

Police Investigator: Ziyad Aktish

Defense: Ma’amoun Hashim, Judd Kadmani


Two cases before the court, one of a minor (16) and one of a defendant barred from seeing counsel.


The minor’s case:

He was arrested on 13.11.16.

Atty. Hashim represents him.

We were not allowed to be present at the remand extension hearing because the defendant is a minor. I report what we were told, not what we heard with our own ears.

The police requested a 13-day extension. 

The charge is: shooting.

The suspect confessed immediately, but his detention was still extended.


Gad Galeb Hamdi Sultan - ID 902871912

Defense: Judd Kadmani

The request is for 11 additional days. Since his arrest until today, 23 days, he has been barred from seeing an attorney.

We were present at the first part of the hearing, when the defendant was not present.

Since his arrest until 6.11.16 he was interrogated by the police and he gave the police a statement. He was interrogated by the Shabak [GSS] only once. Sultan linked himself to the charge: trading in combat materiel. Most of the investigator’s answers were referrals to the secret report, including the defense’s question if the defendant had undergone a polygraph test. The investigator would not “reveal” any info that might influence the investigation.

Justice Lieberman thought otherwise and answered for the investigator; he reported that the suspect had undergone a polygraph test.

In his summation the defense asked the court to reduce the number of investigation days because there is no plausible reason to prolong Sultan’s detention, since he already linked himself to the suspicions.


Since the detainee is barred from seeing counsel, we left the court with the attorneys. The detainee’s family, who could have attended the hearing, does not have a permit to enter Jerusalem.