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The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Sunday extended by three days the remand of a
well-known activist from the LGBT community who was arrested last week for a
crime linked to the motive for the 2009 shooting at the Bar Noar gay youth
center that left two dead and 11 wounded.
The court also ruled that they
would not yet ease the gag order that has been placed on the case, even as more
details have made their way online.
That said, following a request from
reporters present at the meeting, the presiding judge, Ido Darvian, said that in
light of the inability to keep a tight lid on the case due to the Internet and
rumors circulating online, later this week the gag order would at least be
partially lifted. This will include allowing the publication of the LGBT
activist’s name and further details of the case.
The activist is not
suspected of being involved in the murder.
Rather, a separate crime he is
accused of is believed to have been the motive for the suspects to carry out the
shooting, which police say was an act of vengeance.
The activist is
considered a key part of the police case against the other three
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made his
first public statement on the arrests of the three suspects in the Bar Noar
murder, saying: “Last week I commended Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch and Israel Police commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino on the
impressive progress in the investigation of the horrible murder at the youth
club in Tel Aviv.
“I visited the site shortly after the crime and met
with several young people who were there at the time of the murder. It seems
that there has been very substantial progress. I very much hope that this cycle
will be concluded shortly.
“This is important for the rule of law in the
State of Israel and for the sense of equality for all Israelis.”