An Israeli soldier sought by Canada for his alleged role in the slaying of a teen-ager last month in Toronto challenged his detention today in an Israeli court, saying there was no evidence linking him to the killing.
Daniel Weiz, 19, was arrested Dec. 19 by Israeli police on suspicion he participated in the fatal beating of 15-year-old Dimitri Baranovski and was ordered held for 15 days on Dec. 21, pending the arrival of extradition papers from Canada, where he is charged with murder.
A letter from the Canadian government calling for Weiz's arrest is "general and unclear," his lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, told a judge today. "As long as there isn't evidence connecting Weiz to the murder, there is no reason why he should spend one day in detention," she said.
Weiz insists that he was not in the Toronto park where witnesses say Dimitri was mobbed by a group of 10 to 12 people Nov. 14 in a dispute over cigarettes.