Itamar Ben-Gvir
Itamar Ben-Gvir Miriam Alster/Flash 90

Itamar Ben-Gvir, the attorney for one of the suspects detained in the Duma arson case, told Army Radio in an interview Sunday that he was “vigorously protesting” the continued denial of the rights of his client. According to Ben-Gvir, his client is being treated “worse than a terrorist.”

Last week, police said that there had been a “significant development” in the case, and announced that several suspects had been arrested. The identities of the suspects have not been revealed, but are known to family and community members. Several protests have been held demanding that the suspects be released, after Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan admitted that there was no solid evidence against the suspects, one of whom is a U.S. citizen.

According to Ben-Gvir, the Arab terrorist who ran down terror victim Shalom Sherki last April was given an opportunity to consult with attorneys the next day – unlike his client, said Ben-Gvir. “These are just suspects, and they are not even allowed to meet with their attorneys. There is clear discrimination here. I am shocked at the silence of the rights groups that claim to be concerned with fairness for all, who have kept quiet in this case.”

Even worse, he said, was “the conduct of some of the judges who give the Shabak too much 'credit' for it supposed 'secret information' about alleged security incidents,” which more often than not do not pan out.

“We have seen many supposed Jewish terrorist sagas that began with a loud clarion call but ended with a silent whimper – and with the release of the suspect due to the fact that there was no case against them,” said Ben-Gvir. “I hope that this will be the case in this instance as well.”