A Petah Tikva court on Tuesday ordered the state to turn over all evidence with
regard to the arrest of Yitzhar resident Boaz Albert, whose case was made famous
by a video that depicted police giving electric shocks to his chest with a Taser
gun as he lay on the floor of his home.
As a result of the video, the
police have suspended the use of Taser guns during arrests, pending an
investigation into the incident.
Albert was arrested for violating a
restraining order to stay away from the West Bank and his home in the Yitzhar
settlement for half a year.
On Tuesday Albert’s attorney Adi Kedar
complained to the Beit Hashalom court that the state had failed to turn over to
his office all the evidence with regard to Albert’s arrest.
told the court it was mandated to give Kedar “relevant” information, but not all
This meant, the state said, that it only needed to give
Kedar information with regard to Albert’s violation of the restraining order and
not his arrest and the use of the Taser gun.
But Judge Nachum Sternlicht
sided with Kedar and his client Albert. He ordered the state to hand over all
the evidence, including information relevant to Albert’s arrest.
state countered that the investigation into Albert’s arrest was still ongoing
and that the evidence included confidential information with regard to the
Kedar countered that police had accused Albert of attacking them
during the arrest. Kedar said it was impossible to defend his client without
seeing all the evidence against him.
The judge sided with Kedar and said
that his order that all evidence be given to Kedar still stands and that the
order should be carried out by Wednesday at 1 p.m.
A further hearing on
the case, he said, would be held on Thursday.