Judge Rejects Remand for 'Price Tag Girls'

Seven girls accused of conducting 'price tag operations' released into house arrest over police objections, claims of 'security risks.'

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In the continuation of a growing trend, a Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court refused on Tuesday a police request that seven girls arrested on suspicion of carrying out so-called 'Price Tag' operations be remanded.

Instead, Judge Nitzah Maimon released the seven girls - accused of vandalizing IDF equipment at the Gush Shilo military base -  into their parents' custody on condition of house arrest.

Maimon noted prosecutors had yet file their indictment and that police had given no credible reason the girls - who pose no security concern - needed to remain in jail pending indictment and trial.

Police sought to stay the judge's decision by appealing to the district court and submitting a statement the girls presented a threat to security in Judea and Samaria. Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing the girls, also appealed the decision asking the girls be released without house arrest.

District Court Judge Jacob Scheinman in Petach Tivkah rejected both appeals and ordered police to release the girls as directed.

Kedar said, "Thankfully, no court acquiesced to the police request for remand. Their declaration the girls posed a 'security threat' is without merit. It appears the desire to prosecute crosses all boundaries. An order of remand has no foundation - is unwarranted - and the District Court of Appeals did the right thing in rejecting the police appeal."

The seven girls - six of them minors - are accused of spray painting military vehicles at the Binyamin military headquarters adjacent to Beit El on Sunday in what police allege was retaliation for demolitions of Jewish homes and neighborhoods in the region.

Four previous high profile arrests of 'Price Tag' suspects resulted in magistrates rejecting requests for remand noting the police had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their accusations.

Police and Civil Administration officials have traditionally followed up such rejections with security orders restricting the accused from returning to their homes in Judea and Samaria despite their inability to prosecute.