Judge Alon Einfeld of the Beersheba District Court finally agreed to hold the hearing and extended the detainees’ detention by two more weeks.

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A Beersheba District Court judge ordered on Thursday to release members of a terror cell who were detained for planning attacks against IDF soldiers, after the indictment against them was issued past its deadline.

The two detainees, Israeli-Arabs who until recently worked at a local supermarket, were detained earlier this week after intelligence information indicated that they planned to carry out terror attacks IDF bases, in response to the Israeli government’s decision to outlaw the Islamic Movement.

The State Attorney’s Office and the Israel Prison Service were supposed to issue the indictment until 1 p.m., when the detention was to expire. However, the IPS representatives arrived in court over an hour late. Judge Alon Einfeld was outraged and ordered to free the detainees of their handcuffs and have them sit with the crowd.

The judge eventually agreed to hold the hearing and ruled to extend their detention by two more weeks.