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Yishai Schlissel arrested in prison for plot to attack pride parade goers

Police reveal that the anti-gay religious extremist who killed teenager Shira Bank at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year and stabbed several others is suspected of planning a fresh attack at today’s parade in the capital.

Yishai Schlissel is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Banki. He was arrested in prison yesterday.

Police say he is under suspicion of being involved in a plot, together with his brother Michael, to harm participants at the Pride Parade set to take place later this afternoon in Jerusalem.

Yishai Schlissel appeared before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court earlier today and his remand was extended until Sunday, according to a police statement.

His brother Michael Schlissel was also arrested yesterday, under actionable intelligence, in connection with the plot. His mother and four other brothers were detained by police and later released under condition that they not come near the parade.

Michael Schlissel, brother of Yishai Schlissel, is led out of the courtroom of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 20, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Michael Schlissel, brother of Yishai Schlissel, is led out of the courtroom of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 20, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police say the parade will take place as planned, albeit under heavy security. Some 2,000 police will be on hand to secure the highly charged march.

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