Daniel Maoz at J'lem District Court 150.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Daniel Maoz, suspected of murdering his parents last August, was re-arrested on
Monday morning for allegedly sending an anonymous letter to the court claiming
that an additional witness saw his twin brother Nir carry out the
Police suspect Maoz sent the letter through an intermediary in a
last-ditch attempt to implicate his twin brother in the murder.
have accused Maoz of stabbing his parents, Nurit and Noah Maoz, to death with a
kitchen knife in their home in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood on August 11 in an
attempt to get an inheritance to pay off massive gambling debts.
arrested a month after the murders, but in a surprising move, he accused his
twin brother, Nir, of carrying out the murders. The identical twins share DNA,
which was found at the site of the murder.
The letter was sent July 10 to
state prosecutor Yuval Kaplinsky, the Jerusalem District Court and Maoz’s
defense lawyer David Barhoom. In the letter, obtained by the media, the
anonymous tipster writes that he heard screaming and then saw Nir Maoz run out
of his parents’ home at 11 p.m.
“There is no way this could be wrong! It
was definitely Nir Maoz,” the tipster wrote.
Police also arrested 38-
year-old Jerusalem resident Roni Ben-Arnon, Maoz’s cellmate, whom they suspect
printed and mailed the letter.
Ben-Arnon was serving time for traffic
infractions, according to deputy police spokeswoman Shlomit
Police arrested Ben-Arnon on Friday and the Jerusalem
Magistrate’s Court extended his detention until Tuesday.
investigation, Ben-Arnon admitted he helped send the letter. He told police Maoz
had promised that, once he was released, he would reward Ben-Arnon
Despite the fact that Maoz is incarcerated until his
September sentencing in the double murder case, the arrest is significant
because it means he will lose many of the privileges awarded to prisoners
including TV, phone calls, visits and cooking.
Maoz is refusing to
cooperate with the investigation.
Police also said he refused to leave
his cell on Monday morning after he was arrested and that they were forced to
bring in a number of officers to drag him out.
On Monday, a judge at the
Jerusalem Magistrate’s court extended his remand by four days, meaning that,
until Friday, Maoz will be treated as someone recently arrested, rather than a
Maoz’s lawyer argued that his client is under 24-hour
supervision and it would be difficult for him to write a secret letter.