Domrani to stay in prison until Sunday

The Lod District Court on Thursday overturned a lower court’s decision to release alleged crime boss Shalom Domrani to house arrest, saying he should remain in jail until Sunday. Domrani is suspected of bribing Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Ifergan in an effort to sway the outcome of last month’s municipal elections in Netivot. Domrani was released into house arrest by the Rishon Letzion Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, after being held in custody for 10 days, due to the lack of progress in the investigation. But in an appeal filed on Thursday, police said they now plan to indict him, leading to the district court’s decision to extend his remand until Sunday. (Yaniv Kubovich)

Private hostel for ex-cons put on hold

A court on Thursday ordered the Welfare Ministry to temporarily freeze a tender for the privatization of hostels for released prisoners. The order will remain in place until the court issues a final ruling on the case. The Human Rights Clinic at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan had petitioned the Jerusalem District Court against the tender, arguing that making a private, profit-seeking enterprise responsible for prisoner rehabilitation would severely infringe the prisoners’ fundamental rights. Inter alia, it based its arguments on a High Court of Justice ruling that barred the state from establishing private prisons for similar reasons. (Revital Hovel)