Ben-Gvir: Police are abusing the 'hilltop youth'

District Court rejects police appeal to place youth under detention, says case does not merit severe restrictions.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Itamar Ben-Gvir
Itamar Ben-Gvir
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The Jerusalem District Court rejected the police's appeal and ruled that one of the prominent hilltop youth who was expelled from Judea and Samaria would not remain under house arrest until the end of proceedings.

Ten days ago, the activist was arrested in a police raid on an apartment in Jerusalem which was home to a number of so-called 'hilltop youth.' He was arrested on suspicion of violating a court order that he was forbidden to meet with other youths.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court initially ordered his detention for two days, while an appeal filed by his lawyer, Itamar Ben-Gvir, was accepted and he was released to house arrest.

The police took a quick action and filed an indictment against the boy and asked to extend his detention until the end of the proceedings.

In a hearing held earlier this week, Judge David Shaul Gabbai Richter of the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court dismissed the police's request and accepted the claims of Attorney Ben-Gvir that the restraining order was sufficient.

The police did not give up and appealed to the District Court on the grounds that the youth had been issued a probation order for the same offense. Today, as stated, Justice Daniel Teperberg also rejected this appeal and ruled that the facts of the case do not justify the imposition of severe restrictions.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, the young man's attorney, said in response: "I am glad that the courts did not respond to the police's false requests, and it is a shame that the police time and time again do not accept the verdict and try their luck. It's a shame that the police are wasting precious judicial time in order to abuse the hilltop youth. "