Israel’s High Court of Justice has authorized Israel’s Internal Security Service (better known as the Shabak or the Shin Bet) to continue preventing three Jewish suspects in a deadly Douma West Bank arson from meeting their attorneys.
Above: "Revenge!" spray-painted at site of the Douma arson by its perpetrators. Also found at the site of the arson was graffiti reading, "Long live the King Messiah"
High Court Rules Shin Bet Can Continue To Refuse To Allow Deadly Arson Suspects From Meeting Their Attorneys
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel’s High Court of Justice has authorized Israel’s Internal Security Service (better known as the Shabak or the Shin Bet) to continue preventing three Jewish suspects in a deadly Douma West Bank arson from meeting their attorneys, Ha’aretz reported.
The three are believed to have firebombed the Dawabsheh family’s home in the Palestinian village of Douma (also spelled Duma) in July, killing three of the four family members, including an 18-month-old boy.
The three suspects, members of the radical West Bank Jewish settler hilltop youth, have been detained since sometime in November.
None of the three detained suspects have been allowed to meet with an attorney even though the law states the head of a Shin Bet investigative team can prevent suspects from meeting with attorneys for up to 10 days. After that, a district court must approve blocking access to an attorney. After 21 days in detention in any case, the Shin Bet must allow detainees to meet with legal counsel.
Attorneys representing the detainees petitioned the High Court of Justice, asking the court to approve the attorneys’ request to meet with the detained clients.
The attorneys argued their detained clients were not "ticking time bombs” who would commit further attacks. Therefore they should be allowed to meet with legal counsel, the attorneys said.
The Shin Bet told the High Court there is "great importance" in preventing the three detainees from meeting with attorneys because of "the severity of the deeds" the three alleged committed.
High Court Justice Salim Joubran agreed with the Shin Bet, noting his ruling was based on classified material (apparently withheld from the defense attorneys), and expressed noted that allowing the detainees to meet with their attorneys would disrupt the Shin Bet’s ongoing interrogations.