Russian Compound, Jerusalem - Remand Extension

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Roni Hammermann, Tova Szeintuch (reporting)


Translation: Marganit W.


Russian Compound 


Judge: Shmuel Fleischman

Investigator: Moshe Levi

Defense: Atty. Mahmoud Hassan


There is only one case in the docket.


Before Justice Fleischman’s arrival, the investigator told us that the hearing would be closed to the public.

When the judge and the defense came into the remand extensions hall, the investigator stated that it had been decided to hold the hearing behind closed doors and that a gag order had been issued. He handed the order to the attorney.


Justice Fleischman said he would make a decision after reading the file.


The defense objected: this is the fifth remand extension - in the previous hearings there was no request for closed doors. Only one of the earlier hearings was conducted behind closed doors.

Having read the file, Justice Fleischman said, “One of the remand hearings was behind closed doors. The reason for this: to prevent the detainee from meeting his family. None of the other hearings was behind closed doors. The family met the detainee at the Appellate Court.”

Justice Fleischman then ordered an open hearing, but maintained the gag order on publicizing the proceedings. He told the defense that conducting an open hearing means that the police investigator would not be able to answer his questions freely.


Thus, our report of the fifth remand extension is given in general terms only.


The detainee has been under interrogation for forty days, in solitary confinement. Apparently, he is not very cooperative, therefore the interrogations may continue.

The interrogator requested a 15-day remand extension. The Appellate Court does not recommend detentions of longer than 8 days.


Following the defense’s summation the judge handed down his decision: 12 days.


Next hearing is set for 2.5.13.