Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Remand Extension, Barred (from meeting with attorney)

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Roni Hammermann, Tova Szeintuch (reporting)


Translation: Diana Rubanenko


Russian Compound


Judge: Major Menachem Lieberman

Police Investigator: Omri Aweidah

Defence Attorneys: Firas Sabah, Kadmani Jadd


Two cases in the docket, one of whom is barred (from meeting with a lawyer)


Rajib Musa Salah Salah al-Din ID 945086064

The police requested a 15-day extension of remand for further investigation.

The man was arrested four days ago on suspicion that he planned and started to carry out 'highly dangerous operations'.

According to the judge, the detainee is cooperating with the investigators, and has admitted some of the allegations against him.

The defence attorney did not object to extending the remand interrogation, but the number of days sought by the police seemed excessive to him.


Justice Lieberman noted that he had read the confidential report, but "did not find a reason to extend for the period requested; the investigative team can interrogate during a shorter period".

He granted a 12-day extension.


Osama Khamis Shehadeh Masalmeh ID 921718177

Barred from meeting with his lawyer until 13.12.

The hearing was conducted in the presence of  the Attorney, while the detainee was not present.

The police asked to extend the investigation period by another 15 days.

The suspicion against the detainee: activity and membership in Hamas.

Most of Defence Attorney Firas's questions were answered by: "it’s in the classified report".

The defence summed up: this is the first extension, the respondent was questioned by the army and the police. He has admitted to part of the charges.

He asked the court not to accede to the request of the police for another 15 days.


When Investigator Aweidah saw that we asked to remain in the courtroom [while the barred detainee appeared], he immediately requested to conduct the hearing “in camerainfo-icon”, so as to prevent us of attending.

Judge Lieberman met Aweidah half-way: he told us he had consulted with colleagues, and that they had convinced him that his previous position (to allow us to stay in court as a sort of civilian unit in the detainee's interrogation) was not correct: he admitted he was wrong to let us hear the questioning of the barred detainee …