It was supposed to be the press conference where all would be revealed – the motives and planning behind the 2009 shootings at the Barnoar LGBT youth center. Yet as top officials were briefing reporters on details of the case, the attorney of one of the suspects appealed to Judge Ido Druyan to halt the lifting of the gag order on the details of the case. Druyan declined the appeal, yet the attorney appealed further, prompting the judge to issue a "stay of execution" order, effective until Tuesday at 13:00.
Police officials gathered the press at 16:00 Monday, and told them during the briefing that they would release the most important details at 17:00. At the same time, the suspect's lawyer filed his appeal.
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The press conference and the court hearing were conducted simultaneously. Police officials were certain the only details they were not at liberty to disclose were the suspects' names. However, Druyan effectively restored the gag order on the entire case.
The judge said he agreed with police regarding the need to publicize the case, yet decided to comply with the request of the defense for a temporary suspension of the lifting of the gag order.
The information police revealed to the press was published in numerous online publications before the gag order was restored.
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