A golden statue of Israel Supreme Court President Miriam Naor appeared outside the court in Jerusalem on Thursday morning. The police said investigators and forensics officers were summoned to the scene and have opened an investigation after compound security discovered the statue.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan since tweeted about the incident, saying that the opening of an investigaion "requires an explanation" by the police as to what offence exactly is being investigated.
A number of suspects had been detained by a police patrol in the area but as no crime had been committed in the placing of the statue, they were released and their details were transferred to the local authorities for further processing.
In December of last year a similar gilded effigy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in Tel Aviv's central Rabin Square. A few hours after it had been set up, the statue was knocked down by citizens who were invited to Rabin Square through social media to try and "topple Netanyahu" themselves. The statue was placed at the iconic square by Israeli artist Itay Zalait as a "subversive political act," in the artist's words.
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