Zion Square beating suspect in J'lem District Court 370.
(photo credit: Melanie Lidman)
The Tel Aviv Juvenile Court extended by 48 hours the remand of five suspects
arrested in a gang rape case, involving a 12-year-old girl police say was
sexually assaulted by a group of her peers, on Monday.
suspects have been questioned since last Friday and of those, 12 have been
arrested. All of them are 13 and 14 years old police say.
Keinan, who is representing one of the suspects, said that he knows police still
have to finish investigating but that his client has denied all allegations
He also said that at the moment they are calling on the
court to release them from custody, saying that jailing for people as young as
13 and 14 is far more difficult than for adults.
As Keinan spoke,
relatives of four of the suspects walked out of the courthouse in tears,
appearing to be highly upset and refusing to speak to the press.
16 suspects, three have been released altogether, while five remain in custody
and the rest released on house arrest.
Tel Aviv District Police said
Monday “this is the fourth day of the investigation and the more in depth it
gets and the more testimony that is received it becomes clear that this is a
They added that because of the young age of the defendants
the case is being handled with the utmost sensitivity and in full coordination
with social services.
The case involves allegations that, on a number of
occasions, a 12 year old girl was raped by a group of boys at her school and
The acts were reportedly video- taped by the suspects, and the
investigation was launched last week after police received one of the
Police said the crimes involved constitute rape, but that the
girl was not dragged anywhere by force.