An 18-year-old resident of a Jewish community in the Nahal Sorek area, west of Jerusalem, was released, Tuesday to house arrest until Sunday, two weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of nationalist vandalism and held under harsh conditions. Police sought restrictive conditions.
Attorney Adi Kedar, who represented the youth on behalf of the Honenu legal-aid organization, said, "This is a crushing defeat to the Jewish division of the Shabak (General Security Service, Shin Bet, Israel Security Agency)." He added, "After a long period, some of it banned from meeting with anyone, a second detainee who was in the Shabak facility and severely abused during interrogations was also released. The two suspects were released without being indicted, thus bringing down all the statements given by the investigators, who apparently presented a distorted picture toward the court, which mistakenly approved, time and time again their continued detention."