Some of the ‘Eida 6’ defendants were remanded by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, as was reported on Sunday night by YWN-ISRAEL. The court did however release R’ Amram Shapira, Eida Gavaad Rav Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss’ Shlita personal assistant. He was received by a small number of people who sang and danced in a showing of delight over the court’s decision.
While some of the defendants remain in custody this morning, Monday, 21 Teves 5772, the court rejected the state’s request to remand them for an additional ten days, ordering them remanded to custody until Wednesday.
Justice Dov Pollack had harsh words for police during the remand hearing, stating that there was not an iota of evidence against Shapira, not connecting him to tax evasion, fraud, money laundering, or disturbing the peace charges, questioning just why he was taken into custody, the daily Yisrael HaYom reports. There were some questionable statements made during a conversation with Shapira, obtained during a wiretap, but it was the other party, not Shapira, who made those statements.
Police investigators continue to report that during the yearlong clandestine investigation dubbed ‘Operation Gold White’ has yielded sufficient evidence to move ahead with indictments and additional arrests.
Defendants in the case face charges including tax evasion and money laundering.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)