Conspiracy theory. Cohen
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'Near disaster.' Beinish
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Man who threw shoe at Beinish to remain under arrest

Jerusalem court rejects defense attorney's request to release Pinchas Cohen to house arrest, says his act constitutes 'attack on entire court system and the rule of law'

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday extended the remand of Pinchas Cohen until the proceedings against him are completed. Cohen threw a shoe at Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish a few weeks ago.


In his ruling, Judge Alexander Ron said Cohen, in throwing a shoe at Beinish, "threw a shoe at the entire court system and the rule of law, in an attempt to harm them.


"The court must say its piece clearly: The danger the defendant poses leaves us no choice but to keep him in custody," the judge wrote.


Speaking to the media following the hearing, Cohen once again accused the legal system of conspiring against him after his ex-wife filed for alimony. "The president (Beinish) was also involved in this," he said, "They (legal system) have been tormenting me for seven years; the police also plotted against me – my car was broken in to and documents were stolen from it."


Beinish was not the judge who ruled on Cohen's divorce.


Attorney Yahel Ben-Oved, for the defendant, tried to convince the court to release his client to house arrest, but Judge Ron refused, saying Cohen was dangerous.


The judge said in his ruling that the incident "could have ended in disaster," adding that the presence of security guards in the courtroom "did not deter Cohen."


Judge Ron said Cohen's act was premeditated, and mentioned the defendant's assault on his attorney in 2006.


פרסום ראשון: 02.07.10, 14:59
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