A resident of the Binyamin town of Eli was arrested Monday morning by the International Crimes Unit in his home. The 27 year old was taken to the unit's Lod headquarters for questioning on suspicion that he participated in recent vandalism at a nearby IDF base, in which damage was caused to several vehicles. Police conducted what witnesses termed a “brutal” search of the home, after which the detainee was hauled away.
The detainee is a new immigrant from Russia, attorneys for the Honenu legal rights organization said, and does not speak Hebrew well. Attorneys said that the detainee vehemently denies the charges, and added that he was unlikely to have been involved in the incident, since he was not a part of the “social circle” of youths who have been resisting the IDF's attempts to tear down Jewish homes in Migron and other areas.
One attorney said that “this individual is well-known for empty boasting, and that is likely to have been the case here. Overall it's a waste of police resources, with the arrest hastily made in order to create the appearance of progress in the case. Too bad they chose the wrong individual.”