Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the remand for far-right wing activist Haim Pearlman on Monday for two more days. Pearlman is the key suspect in a string of murders of Palestinian men in Jerusalem in the 1990s and has been dubbed the "Jewish terrorist" by much of the Israeli press.
Judge Nahum Streinlicht's decision came as a blow to police and the prosecution which had asked to have Pearlman's remand prolonged by eight days to assist their investigation. Streinlicht indicated that he believed the case against Pearlman and the justification for keeping him under arrest were weak based on the evidence presented by police.
"I have not found any substantial or serious evidence to indict Pearlman. I did not find anything suggesting real progress in the investigation [against Pearlman].
The judge indicated that Pearlman, who has been under arrest already for 28 days, had been imprisoned enough time to facilitate the state's investigation.