(photo credit: Channel 10)
Less than three days after he was released to house arrest, alleged “Jewish
terrorist” Chaim Pearlman was called in for questioning by the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) on Sunday, Pearlman’s attorney told The Jerusalem
His attorney Adi Keidar said that the meeting “wasn’t over anything
specific, it was just a standard, routine sort of thing. They were just
interested in speaking to him.”
The Shin Bet refused to confirm or deny
the report on Sunday.
Pearlman was arrested in July on suspicion of
murdering four Palestinians and attempting to murder seven more in Jerusalem in
the late ’90s. Shortly after his arrest, associates of Pearlman’s gave Channel 2
audio recordings he had made, in which an alleged Shin Bet agent urged him to
kill Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch.
Monday, Judge Nahum Streinlicht denied a request made by police and the
to extend Pearlman’s remand by an additional 12 days, instead agreeing
two-day extension. Streinlicht said there was not enough evidence
Pearlman for a conviction and that the 28 days he had already been in
should have been enough to find sufficient evidence. At last Wednesday’s
hearing, the judge ruled that Pearlman would be released to house arrest
next morning, following a final hearing.
During the Thursday hearing,
police only appealed the length of the house arrest, which the judge
by one day to 15 days. As a condition of his house arrest, Pearlman is
from making any sort of contact with the other suspects implicated by
in the case.
Outside the courthouse on Thursday, Pearlman said he had
suffered abuse and humiliation at the hands of investigators while in
“They abused me for a month, and I am pleased that justice has
seen the light of day. For 31 days they kept me imprisoned, screamed at
cursed me, tried to humiliate me and kept me handcuffed to a chair for
hours,” he said.
Over the weekend, the Pearlman household in Tekoa had a
festive atmosphere as a constant stream of friends, family and assorted
supporters came by to congratulate him for seemingly beating the