JERUSALEM (Jul. 19)
A 35-year-old Jerusalem man with a past criminal record is being held in connection with the murder of Emil Grunzweig, killed last February 10 when a grenade was thrown into a group of Peace Now demonstrators demanding the dismissal of Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.
A magistrates court here ordered a 10-day extension today of the detention of Haim Turjeman, a resident of Jerusalem’s Musrara quarter. The police testified that they had information that Turjeman was in possession of weapons and explosives which he intended to use for terrorist purposes. He is suspected of a connection with the grenade throwing but not of the actual murder.
Turjeman was released from jail 17 months ago after serving time on previous convictions. He told the court that he knew nothing about the Grunzweig murder and had nothing to do with the grenade attack.
Judge Yaacov Bezalal said that based on the testimony presented to the court there was an “unfounded possibility” that the subject was indeed involved in the crime. He remanded him in custody for another 10 days because of the grave nature of the crime and to allow police to complete their investigation.
The investigation has been in progress for more than five months. Several suspects have been detained for questioning. All were released.