Judge extends detention of the Information Center director, Jawad Siyam « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

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Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The detention of Wadi Hilweh Information Center director Jawad Siyam was extended today in Jerusalem Magistrates Court. Siyam was arrested yesterday by police during a raid on the Silwan community center, after a complaint of assault lodged against him.

Judge Alexander Ron, presiding over Siyam’s case in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court this morning, ruled that his detention be extended by 2 days, in response to police investigators’ request for 6 days. The ruling was made despite police’s acknowledgement during the trial that Siyam’s investigation was of a political nature, in specific regard to his roles in the Popular Committee and Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

The warrant for Siyam’s arrest was issued a significantly long time after the complaint against Siyam was filed. In addition to this, the decision to formally arrest Siyam based on the assault allegation was made only after he had already been detained and questioned, in regards not to the assault but entirely different matters.

This morning’s hearing revealed that the sole evidence held against Siyam is the dubious version of events laid out in the lodged complaint. Police investigators also presented secret evidence to the judge, which was not made available to Siyam’s legal counsel. Despite police’s acknowledgement of a total lack of evidence linking Siyam to the alleged incident (aside from the complaint filed) and police’s continuing refusal to interview eyewitnesses that attest to Siyam’s testimony, the court extended his detention period.

Judge Ron during the trial, allowed investigators to abstain from replying to questions put forth by Siyam’s lawyer. Siyam and his legal counsel were left in the dark concerning even trivial facts, such as the time of the alleged incident and what investigation has already been undertaken.

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