Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Remand Extension

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Roni Hammermann, Tova Szeintuch (reporting)

Translation: Diana Rubanenko

Russian Compound

Judge: Col. Shalom Dahan

Police investigator: Nissim Argaman

Defence Attorney: Attorney Maamoun Hashim


There is only one case in the docket today:

Mussa Yussuf Hassin, ID 850884669


He is suspected of activity against regional security: the police investigator requests another 11 days for the investigation. Hassin was detained on 10.4.11, and this is his third remand extension.


The defence attorney asks to clarify details of the investigation, and what is connected to it. The only answer he gets is a referral to the confidential report.

The questions relate to the need for information about the type of charges against the detainee, and what they are based on. Attorney Hashim also tries to learn why no police statement has been taken yet. He also hints at the possibility that no statement was taken because there is nothing to base the suspicions on.


After a long exchange of questions which remain unanswered, the defence attorney gives his summation, which is [in my words –]:


The detainee was taken from his home in Jericho on 10.4.11. A search of the house was conducted, and 2 computers and 3 telephones were confiscated. The detainee is undergoing prolonged investigations, principally in the matter of ties between him and three other detaineesinfo-icon. According to the defence attorney, he apparently got to know these people while he was in administrative detention, and in those circumstances he received their phone numbers.


The detainee maintains that he was asked the same questions while he was in detention in the Palestinian Authority, regarding the same offence, and was then released; but immediately afterwards he was again arrested -  this time by Israel.


Since there is no evidence to support the charge against the detainee,Maamoun requests his release.


The detaineespeaks: I want to get married, build a home, and study. I'm 25 and I haven't done anything. I have no connection with Hamas. I started studying, but was immediately arrested.


The judge: There are grounds for the charges, as I learned from the reports in the file.

Since this is the third remand extension request, and no progress has been made in the investigation, the judge decides to extend remand by 7 days. (The eighth day is the evening of Memorial Day, and thus it can be assumed that no court proceedings will take place).