Rabbi Yaakov Yosef detained, released after interrogation

03.07.2011                      01.Tammus, 5771

Ultra-Orthodox:

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef detained, released after interrogation

Yosef stopped on suspicion of incitement for alleged support of book endorsing death of gentiles; "This is all an attempt to harass rabbis from the Right," rabbi's son says; thousands expected to protest arrest in J'lem.

Police arrested Rabbi Yaakov Yosef on Sunday morning on his way back home from morning prayer, and questioned him on suspicion of incitement to violence and racism over his alleged endorsement of the controversialTorat Hamelech (The King’s Torah) book. Yosef's arrest came after police repeatedly beseeched him to arrive on his own volition for questioning, but the rabbi refused.
“We were returning from morning prayer at the Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik – my father, a student who was driving the car, and I,” relayed Yosef's son Amram. “At a quarter to seven, when we were at the hotel junction on Route 1, police detectives stopped the car, and removed the driver and I. They took my father to the nearby national police headquarters for a few minutes of questioning, and then released him.”…