The Acre Magistrate's Court has canceled an indictment filed by the police against a divorced father who had been charged with violating his divorce agreement after missing six visitations with his daughter.
The man, Y.A., 31, was charged in April with violating a court ruling, as the family court gave the couple's divorce agreement the force of a ruling. The man's attorney, Ronen Aviv of the Public Defender's Office, argued that visitation arrangements made in a divorce agreement give a father the right to visit his daughter, but do not obligate him to do so, and one cannot base a criminal charge on them.
When Judge Moshe Alter wondered during last week's hearing why the police had even filed such an unusual indictment, Aviv said he and the father suspected it was because the ex-wife's new partner is a police officer with the Ma'alot-Tarshiha Police, which questioned Y.A.
Alter accepted Aviv's argument, canceled the indictment and criticized the police for its behavior.
Y.A. told Haaretz that the police had arrested and questioned him 10 times.
"Every time I would return the girl to her mother's home, I would be detained for 24 hours because her mother complained I was threatening her via our daughter," he said. "Then she started complaining about how my partner was treating our daughter.
"At a certain point I wanted to visit my daughter with a chaperone to put an end to the complaints. But her mother refused, and that's when the complaints about violating the visitation agreement began."
The police did not respond to Haaretz's request for comment.
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