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3 Jewish "Suspects" Released

The so-called "Jewish underground" seems to be crumbling before the GSS investigators' eyes. Three suspects were released from prison today for lack of incriminating evidence - but two are still being held.
First Publish: 9/4/2003, 7:01 PM

The so-called "Jewish underground" seems to be crumbling before the GSS investigators' eyes. Ronen Arusi, Yaakov Meyuchas, and Yehoyariv Maguri, three of the suspects in the case, were released from prison today for lack of any incriminating evidence.

Arusi, who lives on a Shomron hilltop outpost, will be kept under house arrest in his parents' home for two weeks; the other two were released without restrictions. The police waged a well-publicized two-day manhunt for Maguri, at the conclusion of which they dramatically announced that the "fugitive Jewish underground soldier" had been found.

The police did, however, request the extension of the custody of several other suspects, including David Libman - who is currently imprisoned in the same Ashkelon prison as the terrorists who murdered his brother Shlomo five years ago. The presiding judge warned the General Security Service earlier this week that she would not extend their custody unless she saw some substantial evidence against them. Despite this, and despite the fact that the judge commented that the GSS had still not presented sufficient evidence, she agreed today to extend the custody of Libman and Yisachar Peretz for five days.