Court: Detain Betar fan during arson case

April 18, 2013 02:59


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The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday ordered Evyatar Yosef remanded to police custody until the end of the proceedings. Yosef and another defendant, Matan Nivon, are accused of perpetrating a February 8 racially motivated arson attack at Betar Jerusalem’s management offices.

Yosef, 21, is a resident of Moshav Ruha and Nivon, 23, is a resident of Kiryat Gat.

Earlier, police said the two men admitted that they were involved in the arson, and added that the suspects said the arson was in response to the soccer team’s hiring of Chechen Muslim players Gabriel Kadiev and Zaur Sadayev, a move that has been the subject of both harsh criticism from more extreme members of the Betar fan base and additional arrests for racist actions.

Unlike Yosef, Nivon was released to house arrest due to his clean record and because he was considered to be less of a threat to commit any more crimes.

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