E. Jerusalem lawyer held for taking phone into prison
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E. Jerusalem lawyer held for taking phone into prison

Attorney failed to report Palestinian-registered cellphone on his way to meet security prisoner at Megiddo jail

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of security prisoners in an Israeli prison (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of security prisoners in an Israeli prison (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

An East Jerusalem lawyer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to smuggle a mobile phone to a security prisoner at Megiddo Prison.

The lawyer, 34, deposited his personal cell phone with security guards after he arrived at the facility for a meeting with a prisoner, and claimed he possessed no further mobile devices, Ynet reported.

However, after he underwent an examination with a metal detector, another phone was discovered in his inside pocket. The device was registered with a Palestinian phone company.

During his interrogation, the lawyer claimed he had forgotten about the phone. He was immediately taken into police custody. A remand hearing was set for Thursday.

The Megiddo Prison holds nearly 1,200 Palestinian security prisoners.

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