Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Remand Extension, Women
Translation: L. W.
The hearings took place at 10:00 as previously. The courtroom is new, with new furniture - a table for the defense attorneys and benches for the detainees and for us, all in cramped space. During hearings on detainees barred from meetings with lawyers, we were asked to go out to the narrow corridor through which everyone passes: detainees, warders, policemen, food, laundry... chaos and noise.
The detainees waiting to enter the courtroom wait with their faces to the wall, blindfolded, handcuffed and manacled.
Judge: Moti Schiff
Police Investigator: Yitzhak (Itzik) Jacobof
Defense Attorneys: Advocates Firas and Maamun
Ten files were discussed, five of them prohibited from meeting a lawyer.
The first detainee, a woman, Saed Karim Omar Surzikat, 20 years old from Hebron.
Arrested last week.
Brought for remand extension from Ashqelon.
Charge: attempted terror attack (she has two detained brothers).
The investigator contended, in answer to the defense attorney: "There is more than reasonable suspicion of carrying out the offences attributed to the accused, including her admission that she wanted to carry out an attack..."
Remand extended by 11 days, in agreement between the investigator and the defense (it is still not clear who is to be her attorney - Shemesh or Firas).
Upon entry of the next prohibited detainee, at 10:15, we were sent out of the courtroom and were allowed to return at 11:00.
Advocates Maamun and Firas were asked to present questions to the investigator regarding the prohibited detainees. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry and rather bored. The answer given in response to their questions was the usual: "The material is classified."
Then the other detainees began to enter. They talked with the defense, and before we knew what each one was accused of, they left the courtroom - following agreements on which we could learn nothing because the judge dictated to the stenographer very quietly.
A series of figures entered, according to numbers read from a list - and exited, almost without us knowing that they were ever there.