Five Israeli minors accused of stone-throwing that killed Arab mother of nine

The Shin Bet security service cleared for publication Sunday the charges for which five Israeli minors have been held for a week on suspicion of “terrorist offenses, including murder.”  The boys are students at the Pri Ha;aretz yeshiva in Rehelim which is near the stone-throwing attack on a Palestinian car last October that killed a Palestinian woman, a mother of nine. They are alleged to have committed that attack. Details of the investigation and the identity of the suspects are still under gag order. Their lawyers were allowed to meet the minors for the first time Saturday night, a week after they were taken in custody. They accused the Shin Bet interrogators of “severe manipulation” of their clients and other methods which left them in “serious trauma.” The Shin Bet countered that all the suspects’ rights to which they were entitled by law had been respected. “Claims of their denial are baseless and aim at diverting the discourse from the serious suspicions for which they were detained and at bringing the service in disrepute.” The Shin Bet concluded by affirming that it will not be deterred from its efforts against terror in any form, “in keeping with national values and for the sake of national security.”  The five boys were remanded in custody up until Thursday by the Rishon Letzion court.


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