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The Haifa Magistrate’s Court agreed Sunday to lift a gag order preventing the
publication of details relating to the arrest and remand of a Yehud-Neve Efraim
man on suspicion of a series of sex offenses against minors.
Horowitz, aged 33, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of persuading women
to perform indecent acts with children under 14, while he watched them over the
Internet. On Sunday, police requested that Horowitz’s remand be extended for the
fourth time, on this occasion for a further eight days, while they continue to
investigate the suspicions and gather evidence.
The police also requested
that the court rescind the gag order so that other alleged victims could come
A police representative told the court that the investigation
into the suspected offenses was still ongoing, and that police had gathered
evidence including material from Horowitz’s computers.
Horowitz’s arrest, an undercover investigation had taken place during which the
police had also applied to the court and obtained a warrant to wiretap the
suspect’s telephones, the court learned.
Police have also requested that
telecoms companies Walla and Orange hand over Internet data relating to
Horowitz, the police representative said.
Horowitz denies the
The suspect’s attorney, public defender Boris Sherman,
opposed the removal of the gag order before any indictment was filed, arguing
that releasing their client’s name could damage his reputation and noting that
Horowitz has no criminal record.
Sherman asked to appeal against the
court’s decision to remove the gag, but the court disallowed that
In ruling to remove the gag order, Judge Zaid Falah said that
the court had initially imposed it for two reasons: to protect minors and to
allow the investigation to proceed.
However, the judge said that at this
stage, the public ought to be warned about the matter.
consideration that justifies removing the gag order is to enable women and
others, who for reasons of their own, have not complained, to know about the
details of this case and the details of the suspect who may have also committed
sexual offenses against others, so that they can come forward and complain to
the police,” Falah said.
However, as is standard with suspected sex
crimes, the court ruled that no details of any of the complainants in the case
can be published.
Falah also ruled to extend the suspect’s remand to
allow police to complete their investigation, but only for four days, not the
eight days police requested.
“There are reasonable grounds for concern
that the suspect’s release could endanger public safety and obstruct the
investigation by influencing witnesses and their versions,” he said.