Rights groups demand A-G shelve emergency riot measures

September 20, 2011 16:40


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Attorneys at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday to shelve Public Security Ministry plans for emergency measures giving police additional authority to deal with rioters ahead of the planned Palestinian statehood bid at the UN.

The Justice Ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the Deputy Attorney General for criminal matters intends to examine the emergency measures with senior officials.

According to reports, the emergency measures could include holding suspects detained after violent disturbances for 48 hours rather than 24 hours before having to bring them before a judge for a remand hearing.

It would also be possible for police to delay bringing suspects who are minors before a judge to 48 hours instead of the current 12 hours.

Police could also be allowed to detain suspects not under arrest for nine hours instead of the current three, and detainees would be permitted access to an attorney only 48 hours after arrest rather than as soon as possible.

Attorney Dan Yakir, legal adviser to the ACRI, slammed the proposals as potentially leading to human rights violations.

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