Haim Pearlman
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Another suspect in 'Jewish terrorist' affair detained

Shin Bet arrests 25-year-old Jerusalem man suspected of stealing weapons, ammunition along with another suspect to transfer it to Haim Pearlman, who is suspected of murdering four Palestinians

The Shin Bet on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old resident of Jerusalem suspected of involvement in the affair of "Jewish terrorist" Haim Pearlman, who is suspected of murdering four Palestinians.


The man is suspected of breaking into a military base and stealing weapons or ammunition along with another person.The detainee allegedly stole the ammunition or weapons to hand them over to Pearlman.


It should be noted that the suspect was friends with Pearlman and even studied with him.


Pearlman's attorney, Adi Keidar of the Honenu organization, told Ynet the latest arrest was a Shin Bet manipulation aimed at tying his client to the new affair. "I am not aware of any additional allegations, besides breaking into the military base and stealing weapons," he said. 


Pearlman's aides said the arrest was a Shin Bet scheme to link the cases together in order to push the investigation.


Meanwhile, the suspect was brought before the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing on Monday. If his remand is extended, he is slated to be placed at the Shin Bet interrogations facility, where Pearlman is also being held.


During the hearing, the police representative refused to respond to questions posed by Sitbon's lawyer, Attorney Adi Keidar, and refused to say when the alleged events took place.


Keidar told the police representative on the stand, "You continue with your secrecy, and it will blow up in your faces."


The police representative explained that the offenses ascribed to the suspect "are very serious security offenses." 


Sitbon's attorney protested the fact that he was not allowed to meet with his client on Sunday, until the Shin Bet lifted the order banning him from meeting with his attorney at 11 pm. The police representative said in the hearing that Sitbon was told he may meet with a lawyer, but refused.


On Sunday the Petah Tikva District Court rejected Pearlman's appeal against the decision to deny him a meeting with his attorney.


However, the court did order the Israel Prison Service to provide him with minimal goods and warm clothing. His attorney announced that he would appeal the decision at the Supreme Court.



פרסום ראשון: 07.19.10, 11:19
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