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Faulty Police Computer Keeps Whistle Blowers in Jail

A Jerusalem court accepts police claims that nationalist “whistle blower” protests must be kept in jail until its computer works.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/4/2012, 4:27 PM

Faulty computer keeps whistle blowers in jail
Faulty computer keeps whistle blowers in jail
Flash 90

A Jerusalem court Tuesday accepted police claims that nationalist “whistle blower” protesters must be kept in jail overnight until its computer works.

The protesters were demonstrating the remands of several residents of Judea and Samaria, who in August were given restraining orders by police and were forced to leave their homes. They are now being accused of no less than spying because they warned other Jews of impending demolitions of homes

Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Shimon Feinberg, disturbed by the noise of the whistle blowers, ordered the protesters to keep a distance of 100 yards from the court. When they continued to shriek, police arrested them.

Lawyers from the Honenu legal aid organization immediately appealed their detention. When the judge asked the police for a response, law enforcement authorities told him that the protesters should remain in jail because a broken-down computer system prevented police from checking if the detainees had any criminal background.

On Wednesday, the police said that the protesters should be freed only on condition that they keep their distance from the courthouse.

“We hope that the court will instruct the police to free the whistle blowers without conditons,” Honenu lawyers told Arutz Sheva. “It is not reasonable that are jailed simply because they blow whistles and then freed on conditions. In a democratic country, people are not kept in jail because of a broken down computer."