5 charged in Ephraim Brigade attack freed to house arrest

By MELANIE LIDMAN
January 10, 2012 17:58
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Five right-wing activists indicted on Sunday for allegedly using information from active-duty soldiers to plan a “price-tag” attack on the Ephraim Brigade base in the West Bank last month were released to house arrest on Tuesday.

Jerusalem district prosecutors charged the suspects with collecting important military intelligence, conspiracy to riot, entering a closed military zone and direct involvement in the attack on the Ephraim Brigade base.

On Tuesday, the Jerusalem District Court released them to house arrest on conditions. The five are not allowed to communicate with each other or any other activists, and may not use the internet or cell phones.

According to the prosecution, the activists planned to stop the army’s demolition of illegal outposts by creating large clashes with troops, distracting them from the demolitions. The men were identified as David Tzvi Eliyahu, 17; Meir Etinger, 18; Akiva Pinchas Hacohen, 27; Ephraim Moshe Chaykin, 18; and Elad Meir, 36.

MKs from the National Union party condemned the case, calling it a “slap in the face” for state prosecutors. They accused the case of being a result of “oppression against the settlements,” and urged the case to be dropped immediately.


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