Court extends remand of Beitar fans suspected of vandalism

By MELANIE LIDMAN
February 25, 2013 11:50

 
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The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Monday extended the detention of two Beitar Jerusalem fans accused of setting the team's management offices on fire until Wednesday, when the state attorney is expected to serve them with an indictment.

The February 8 arson attack damaged the team's offices in their Bayit Vagan practice facility, and destroyed team memorabilia.

The three men, all members of the hardcore Beitar fan group La Familia, are in their 20s and from southern Israel.

Police added that the men admitted that 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 harsh criticism from more extreme members of the Beitar fanbase. One suspect also said that the arson was planned out for some time and was not a spontaneous act.


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