The Kfar Saba Magistrate Court on Tuesday ordered settler Boaz Albert released from police despite the recent indictment filed against him for attacking a bus of female Palestinian students in April and slammed the prosecution for the delay in filing the indictment.
The court said that the delay in indicting Albert, though he was arrested weeks ago, contradicted the prosecution’s argument that Albert was too dangerous to be released until his trial was concluded.
Also, the court said that the prosecution’s failure to seek to keep the other two defendants accused of similar crimes as Albert and involving the same incident in police custody, betrayed possible discrimination against Albert and further contradicted the idea that he was too dangerous to be released.
Albert was still prohibited by the court from returning to Yitzhar where his wife and several children live and where he worked as a farmer, respecting an administrative restraining order to that effect issued by IDF Central Command.
He has been in the news following the police’s assaulting him with a Taser gun while arresting him in his home, despite a YouTube video that showed that he did not resist arrest.
The court temporarily froze its ruling, giving the prosecution until Thursday at noon to appeal and block Albert’s release.
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