Michael Schlissel released to house arrest

Schlissel, whose brother attacked last year's Pride Parade, claims police couldn't differentiate between arguing, conspiring with brother.

Eliran Aharon ,

Itamar Ben-Gvir
Itamar Ben-Gvir
Eliran Aharon

A Jerusalem court has released Michael Schlissel to house arrest for two days.

Schlissel, whose brother Yishai murdered Shira Banki during last year's Pride Parade, is suspected of conspiring to attack attendees at yesterday's (Thursday) parade.

"The police now understand that Michael is innocent. Unfortunately it took three days of imprisonment for them to understand this," said Schlissel's lawyer, Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Schlissel claims that police misheard an Aramaic expression during a conversation between the two brothers. During a phone conversation, Yishai said they are "bar plugta" (opponents), which the police heard as "pluga ehat" (one company). Based on this misunderstanding, the police believed Michael intended to attack yesterday's parade.

"The investigators didn't understand that Michael disagrees with his brother. To me, this proves the need to enlist haredi investigators," said Ben-Gvir. "The Schlissel family was wronged and the police must apologize to them."



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