Judge slams police for demeaning tasered settler

Yitzhar resident Boaz Albert – who was tasered by police, chained himself to his house – was released from arrest; Judge claims police acted with prejudice

Yitzhar resident Boaz Albert, who was tasered by police and chained himself to the foundation of his house, was released from arrest on Tuesday, to be placed under house arrest.


Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court Judge Nava Behor criticized police violence in Albert's case, saying there was a clear sense of prejudice in the police's conduct and that they demeaned the man.


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Albert was arrested after he violated a restraining oreder.


Arrest of Boaz Albert (Video: courtesy of police)    (צילום: דוברות משטרת מחוז ש"י)

Arrest of Boaz Albert (Video: courtesy of police)


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The judge wrote in her decision that if the defendant's was posing as great danger as argued, the police should have filed an indictment, rather than a warrant, first.


Albert was released despite police's request to remand him. Judge Behor said the prosecution erred when it filed such a severe indictment later and after Albert violated that order.


The judge also criticized the police's violence in Albert's first arrest attempt, during which he was tasered, and doubted the actual risk Albert posed.


Though the IDF, Shin Bet and the police warranted Albert posed significant threat to security, he stands under no charges of violence against police, the judge said, while police was excessively violent towards him.


Regarding Albert's promise to return to Yitzhar even if he is arrested again, the judge said she believed his promise to stop resisting procedures. Albert was required to pay a 20,000 NIS deposit to ensure his presence in all future proceedings.


The defendants' attorney, Adi Keidar of Hanenu, a rightwing legal aid organization, said he is satisfied with the judge's choice and is pleased that the court criticized the violence against Albert and the late and severe indictment with which he was charged; he said that the court fully accepted the defense's position and that he hoped the prosecution would not appeal the choice.



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