Two arrested in protests outside Duma case hearing

Hundreds protest outside hearing for the suspects; no formal charges filed.

Tova Dvorin,

Protests outside Duma arson hearing
Protests outside Duma arson hearing

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court Monday, to protest the ongoing detention of suspects in the Duma arson case and the allegations of torture against the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet). 

Israel Police arrested two protestors at the site. 

The Honenu legal rights organization noted that no statement of intent to charge had been filed - and, thus, that no formal indictment was in the process of being filed against the defendants. 

Hours earlier, the parents of the Duma arson suspects spoke for the first time to the press, in which they condemned the murder but qualified with their own belief that their children were innocent of the crime. 

"We, parents of the youths detained on suspicions in the murder at Duma village, denounce the murder, but are convinced that our children were not involved in it," wrote the parents.

"We fear that the arrest of our children was completely the result of public pressure, which led to hasty arrests and the use of harsh torture, only so that they would confess to a crime they did not commit."