Photo: Gil Yohanan
Yishai Schlissel
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Schlissel family members ordered out of J'lem until after Pride

Relatives of the man convicted for murdering 16-year-old Shira Banki at last year's Jerusalem Pride march were brought in for questioning on Wednesday; some were issued restraining orders to leave Jerusalem until after the parade on Thursday.

Wednesday, one day before the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance, the police have called in for questioning several family members of the murderer Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six persons at last year's march, killing one.



Police arrived at his family's house on Wednesday to bring in some family members. Following the questioning, some of them had restraining orders issued against them from entering Jerusalem until the march's completion on Thursday.


Schlissel's brother, Michael Schlissel, was arrested on suspicion that he intended to harm the marchers. His detention has been authorized for one day.


Yishai Schlissel shortly before stabbing Shira Banki and others (Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)
Yishai Schlissel shortly before stabbing Shira Banki and others (Photo: AP)

Schlissel, who murdered 16-year-old Shira Banki last year, had been released from his prison sentence for attacking and stabbing participants in the capital's 2005 Pride parade. Following the murder, he was sentenced last month to a life sentence with an additional 31 years of prison, both for murder and for six counts of attempted murder. Several members of his family came to his sentencing, including some members who had restraining orders issued against them on Wednesday.


Itamar Gvir (Photo: Ido Erez) (Photo: Ido Erez)
Itamar Gvir (Photo: Ido Erez)


Itamar Ben Gvir, the lawyer representing the mother and her children who were brought in for questioning, said, "The police admitted to most of those questioned that there was no basis for detaining them; it's abuse of the family members just because they're relatives of Yishai Schlissel."


Earlier in the day Wednesday, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat was reported as stating that he would not be attending his city's Pride parade either, out of fear of causing 'harm' to the ultra-Orthodox and Religious-Zionist population.


פרסום ראשון: 07.20.16, 12:15
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