Today, Jamal Juma’s first court hearing was held at the military court at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem. The military judge rejected the interrogators’ initial request to extend his detention period to 14 additional days. However, they did agree to a four day extension for interrogation purposes.
Jamal is still prevented from accessing legal counsel. The ban is effective until midnight today, and there are fears that the ban might be renewed tomorrow. As a result, Jamal’s attorney was unable to ensure that he is held in suitable detention conditions.
The stated grounds for the arrest seem to be an outright attack on Palestinian freedom of expression and assembly.
The next hearing is set for Thursday, December 24, 9:30 am, military court at the Russian Compound, West Jerusalem.