Mayor of Netanya to remain in custody

The Lod District Court partially accepted Mayor of Netanya Miriam Feirberg's appeal against her imprisonment; she will remain until Sunday.

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The Lod District Court ruled that Mayor of Netanya Miriam Feirberg, under suspicion of having accepted bribes, will remain in prison for five days; at this point, that effectively means until Sunday. The court shortened her detainment from six to five days after Feirberg had appealed the ruling that extended her arrest.

Judge Erez Yakuel said that "there exists a reasonable suspicion that ties the appellant to the suspicions attributed to her. The suspicions are not unfounded, and there exist further suspicions of obstruction of investigation."

The Judge explained his concern that freeing Feirberg prematurely would raise concerns that she could obstruct various aspects of the investigation against her: "I preferred the public interest of allowing an unobstructed investigation over the private interest of the appellant and the ensuing infringement on her freedom."

Feirberg, along with her former Deputy and Head of the Secondary Committee for Building Planning in Netanya, are suspected of receiving bribes from contractors and developers in exchange for the facilitation of their projects. Feirberg's former husband is suspected of receiving bribes on her behalf. Her son Tzafrir is also under suspicion of receiving bribes.

Sources close to Feirberg, who has been the Mayor of Netanya for 18 years, said: "There is no defect in her actions; everything she did was legal, and police don't understand this."