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Police accuse man of threatening PM while mumbling to cats at psychiatric ward

A man has been accused by police of making threats against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while hospitalized involuntarily at a psychiatric ward, Haaretz reports.

The newspaper says the man, in his forties, allegedly spoke of “plans” and “weapons” he planned to use if Netanyahu is reelected. But a volunteer at the institution testified he said so while mumbling to himself and to nearby cats.

A court judge heavily criticized the decision to accuse the man, saying it was not at all clear he was making any specific threats against the premier.

“It seems that, as he spoke to cats in the yard, these things too were said into the air. It is difficult to see this as an offense,” the judge said.

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