Remand extended for Dutch tourist shot by police
For second time, Tel Aviv court extends remand for the comatose tourist shot by police in Bat Yam.
Israel border police stand guard in Hebron Photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters
The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ruled on Sunday to extend for the second time
the remand of a Dutch national whom police shot during an incident in Bat Yam
Bo Schimmelpfennig, 32, remains in a coma in Holon’s Wolfson
Hospital after the shooting on April 9. Judge Limor Margolin-Yehidi ordered his
detention to be extended for a further two days.
Schimmelpfennig attacked them after a family he was staying with in Bat Yam
called them complaining the Dutch tourist threatened to kill
Schimmelpfennig is suspected of attempting to cause grievous bodily
harm, disturbing and obstructing a police officer, threats and disorderly
A day after the incident, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court
refused to extend Schimmelpfennig’s detention because police failed to file any
official report from the incident. However, on April 11, the court ruled again
to remand Schimmelpfennig in custody until Sunday.
In Sunday’s hearing, a
police representative said Schimmelpfennig tried to harm police officers called
to the Bat Yam house, and noted that police had filed evidence to the court from
everyone who attended the event, including Magen David Adom crews and police
The police representative said it was “hard to contain”
Schimmelpfennig, who reportedly used unreasonable force.
behavior led to the shooting that occurred,” the police representative
However, Schimmelpfennig’s attorney, Shay Tovim, told the court
that the Dutch tourist has no history of violence and that he had been a lone
tourist in Israel. Tovim noted that he had spoken to Schimmelpfennig’s brother,
Benjamin, who has since traveled to Israel to monitor the case.
said there had been a “lack of proportion” between the events of the incident
and the police response, which could have cost Schimmelpfennig his
On April 11, the court ordered the Dutch national to undergo a
preliminary psychiatric observation, however that has not been done because
Schimmelpfennig is still unconscious, the court learned.
Margolin-Yehidi said that after examining the evidence, she found there is
reasonable suspicion against Schimmelpfennig and therefore grounds to continue
his arrest, however she agreed with Schimmelpfennig’s defense that he should not
be remanded for five more days, as police requested.
The court said that
the police investigation of Schimmelpfennig will be carried out in the presence
of a Dutch interpreter.