Four suspected Jewish terrorists held over a deadly July terror attack in a Palestinian town appeared at Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court on Monday, for a hearing on extending their remand.
Prosecutors are expected to prepare an indictment later this week ahead of filing formal charges. Officials from the Shin Bet are this week expected to provide evidence that the suspects were involved in 10 other incidents of Jewish terror, a Channel 2 TV report said.
The far-right activists are suspected of carrying out the firebombing in the West Bank town of Duma that killed three members of the Dawabsha family, including an 18-month-old baby.
On Sunday, Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri visited the Shin Bet facility where the prisoners were being held, in order to determine if they had been subject to abuse. The visit came after allegations from the suspects’ attorneys that they were tortured.
The Shin Bet and the government have denied the claims, although the Shin Bet has acknowledged “manhandling” the suspects, having classified them as “ticking bombs” who may have information on future planned attacks.
An attorney for the suspects told Channel 2 that Nizri did not speak to the detainees at length and the visit was insufficient to gauge the extent of the abuse.
Lawyers have alleged that the Shin Bet is using extraordinary measures against the suspects — whose names remain under gag order — to extract information about the deadly firebombing.
The allegations have sparked a number of protests in Jerusalem over the past weeks, which continued Sunday as some 150 people gathered in Jerusalem to protest the alleged torture.
Riham and Saad Dawabsha and their 18-month-old baby Ali died in the July 31 attack on their home in Duma in the West Bank — Ali in the blaze started by the firebomb and his parents in the following days. The sole surviving member of the family, five-year-old Ahmed, is being treated for severe burns in an Israeli hospital.
On Saturday evening, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said indictments against the Jewish extremists suspected of carrying out the July firebomb attack are expected soon.