Israeli held for alleged serious security crimes, has no access to attorney

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Israeli citizen suspected of serious national security crimes has been held in custody for nearly three weeks without the ability to speak to an attorney, an Ashkelon District Court allows news outlets to report, scaling back a full gag order on the case.

The identity of the suspect as well as the exact nature of the crimes remain barred from publication.

The man was arrested last month in a joint operation by the Israel Police and Shin Bet security service. He is suspected of “serious and severe security crimes that undermine the security of the state and is being interrogated by the police and Shin Bet,” the court says.

During his 20 days in custody, the man has been barred from speaking with his attorneys, according to the court.

The court decided to scale back the gag order on the case in light of a request from the Ynet and Haaretz news outlets.

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