Court releases four of five suspects in Aisha Rabi killing

January, 2019

Acceding to a request from the Israel Police and Shin Bet security service, the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court agreed to release to house arrest four of the five Israeli suspects in the October murder of a Palestinian woman.

The Shin Bet as well as the lawyers representing the teens confirmed the ruling, which was made behind closed doors.

The Shin Bet has flatly denied claims of misconduct, saying its investigation is being closely monitored by the State Prosecutor’s Office. It released a statement shortly after the court’s ruling accusing “interested parties” of “a deliberate and ongoing effort… to obstruct the course of the investigation, including the dissemination of false information regarding the conduct of the investigation.”

For their part, the suspects’ lawyers argued that the court’s decision to conditionally release their clients proved that the Shin Bet and the police’s nationalistic crimes unit did not have evidence against them.

Source: Times of Israel