Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Remand Extension
Translation: Diana Rubanenko
Judge: Yair Nahorai
Police investigator: Nissim Argaman
Defence Attorneys: Ma’amoun Hashim, Firas Sabah, Fahmi Shkirat
9 cases in the docket.
Justice Nahorai tried to mediate between the defence attorneys and the investigator, so as to reach agreement before the proceedings began.
Today too, like last week, it was not easy to obtain the list of names whose cases would be heard that day. Instead of two lists - the usual number - there was only one list – it was of course in great demand, and we were only able to take a glance at it.
Detainees were brought in and out quickly, without being identified, we had no way of knowing which case was being discussed between the judge, the investigator, and the defence attorney.
The judge insisted on not allowing the police investigator to add more investigation days “than necessary”. Alas – this week the Investigations Department will be closed for five days on the Rosh Hashana holiday, so most of the remand extensions would be 9 days.
The investigator asked for extensions ranging from 9 to 22 days. The 22 days (the first extension) was ultimately reduced to 15 days.
We could not be sure who was brought in, or how many days extension the judge decided on.
The judge argued with the investigator about the need for the extensions.
The decision that Justice Nahorai wrote in most of the minutes (in my own words):
“…after great hesitation and after I was told that the Investigations Department will be closed during the holidays and investigations cannot be performed, I grant an extension of 11 days, though otherwise I would have ruled not more than 4 days…”