The Tuba Zangaria mosque
Photo: Avihu Shapira
The suspect
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Suspect arrested in Tuba Zangaria mosque arson

Jewish youth implicated in torching of upper Galilee village's place of worship. Suspect denies allegations; case placed under gag order

Cleared for publication: The police have arrested an 18-year-old Jewish youth in connection with Monday'sTuba Zangaria mosque arson.


The upper Galilee village's place of worship was set on fire as a "price tag" act. The arson was widely denounced by officials from all sides of the political spectrum, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres; as well as by Jewish and Arab clergymen.


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The case is still under a gag order, but according to details made available on Thursday, the youth was arrested several hours after allegedly committing the crime.


He was taken into custody by a routine police patrol that spotted his vehicle and suspected that he was using it illegally.


Two other individuals who were in the car at the time were arrested as well, but were released shortly thereafter.



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The suspect was originally remanded for four days. On Thursday, the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court granted the police's motion and remanded him for an additional five days.


The suspect's attorney, Adi Keidar, told Ynet that his client denies the allegations against him, adding that the case was based on police intelligence leads and not actual evidence.


The police have asked the court to hold all hearings in the case behind closed doors, arguing that open-court hearings may prove detrimental to national security.


Judge Michael Kershen noted that there was a reasonable basis to believe that the suspect was involved in the arson in some way. He did, however, qualify his remark, saying that the police's brief on the case "lacked sufficient details" at this time. 





פרסום ראשון: 10.06.11, 14:45
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