Police oppose freeing Malha firecracker suspect

Police on Friday appealed against the earlier court decision to release Yossi Malah, the Hapoel Holon basketball fan suspected of throwing a firecracker during last Sunday's game against Hapoel Jerusalem, to house arrest with restrictions until December 1. Science Culture and Sports Minister Ghaleb Majadle also blasted the decision. "It is ludicrous that he who threw the firecracker is freed while the security guard is still lying in hospital." Israel Basketball Association officials told Army Radio that all the work done to eradicate violence "won't succeed if this is the message sent out by the court." The security guard lost three fingers in the tragic incident at Malha Arena.