A remand hearing is scheduled for Monday in the case of three Binyamin-area youths who were arrested by police on suspicion of conspiracy last Tuesday evening, about 100 meters from a vehicle containing bottles filled with gasoline in the hills of the Shilo area. Two of the youths were held over the Rosh Hashanah holiday and the third was released at the time, only to be arrested on Sunday.
Earlier Monday, police presented a Jerusalem court with a prosecutor's declaration that the trio will be charged with conspiracy. The three deny the charges as well as any connection to the vehicle. Attorney Yitzchak Bam, who is representing them on behalf of the Honenu legal-aid organization, speculated that the announcement of their arrest was timed to placate Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other high-ranking officials in the wake of the Sunday-evening arson at the mosque in Tuba Zanghariyya. He added that the evidence was weak, noting the youths' lack of a criminal record.