Baram in court
Photo: Yaron Brener
Shai Nitzan. Under attack
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Suspect apologizes for inciting video

Uri Baram, suspected of distributing film against Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, says 'I only wanted to stir up a public debate on incitement'

Uri Baram, who is suspected of distributing a video inciting against Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, said Wednesday that he regretted the act. "I wanted to stir up a public debate on incitement," he said ahead of a remand hearing at the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court.


The police asked the court to extend his remand by 10 days, saying that he confessed to the act, but the court ruled that he would remain in custody only six more days.


"I take full responsibility," Baram said during the discussion. "I'm ashamed of the result. I acted in an arrogant and reckless manner. I would like to apologize to the court, to Mr. Nitzan and to the defense minister. I underwent a thorough process throughout the night. We have amazing police officers. I regret what I did, and I won't do it again."


The suspect's wife said before the hearing that her husband was not involved in the distribution of the video. "He didn't do anything and he is not responsible for this film," she said. "I have no idea how they reached him and why."


She admitted that her husband was active in right-wing organizations. "So what? I'm active too. It doesn't mean anything," she said.


'He did not plan to hurn anyone'

The suspect's lawyer, Attorney Zion Amir, said Baram had uploaded the video without intending to cause incitement, and removed the film several hours later after realizing that it could be interpreted differently. He also admitted to distributing a second film against Defense Minister Ehud Barak.


According to Attorney Amir, the first clip includes photos and slogans against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, which he said strengthened the claim that Baram was trying to spark a debate on incitement and did not plan to hurt anyone.


The police, on the other hand, claimed that the suspect was very dangerous and was suspected of disrupting the legal proceedings.


The suspect, a Raanana resident, was arrested in his home. The police confiscated computers and additional materials which may be used as evidence against him in court. He is a member of a right-wing organizations and was once a member of the Likud party.



פרסום ראשון: 01.12.11, 15:58
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