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The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court ruled on Wednesday to extend the remand of
Asher Dahan, the 42-year-old Elad resident suspected of murdering Rabbi Elazar
Abuhatzeira late last month.
Abuhatzeira, a well-known religious figure
and grandson of the Baba Sali, was stabbed in the upper body by a visitor to his
Beersheba yeshiva last month.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him,
but the rabbi died en route to a hospital.
Other visitors to the yeshiva
captured Dahan, 42, minutes after the incident and handed him over to police.
Dahan was immediately arrested and remanded in custody.
told the court on Wednesday that investigations into the case are still
Judge Sara Ora Haviv ruled to remand Dahan in custody in a
secure psychiatric facility until August 24, when a further hearing will take
Judge Haviv wrote that her decision to extend Dahan’s remand was
based on the suspicions against him, and because findings from the investigation
and psychiatric evaluation indicate that he is a danger.
psychiatric report on Dahan has yet to be completed.
attorney Kati Tzvetkov, did not oppose her client’s extended remand, but asked
that the court expedite his psychiatric evaluation.
According to a report
, Dahan explained that he had stabbed Rabbi Abuhatzeira after
consulting him over marital problems.
“His advice caused my relationship
with my wife to deteriorate,” Dahan said.Yaakov Lappin contributed to