Printer Friendly

Two Israelis found guilty over death of Palestinian teen.

Two minors have been found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The third suspect has had his verdict delayed after a last minute insanity plea.

A court in Jerusalem convicted two Israelis on Monday over the 2014 death of a Palestinian teenager. The incident, seen as revenge for the earlier killings of three Israeli young men in the West Bank, is part of what touched off last year's Gaza War.

Sixteen-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted outside his East Jerusalem home on July 2. Just hours later, his burned corpse was discovered in a nearby forest.

His killing came less than a month after Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah were similarly abducted and killed on their way home in the occupied West Bank.

Prelude to conflict

Palestinian protests (pictured above) following Abu Khdeir's death escalated into violence, preceding a full-blown military conflict between Israeli security forces and the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Jerusalem court convicted two minors, but conviction of the suspected ringleader, 30-something Yosef Haim Ben-David, was delayed after his lawyers submitted a new psychiatric appraisal that claimed Ben-David was seriously mentally incapacitated and therefore had no criminal responsibility.

Speaking to Israeli Army Radio, Abu Khdeir's father Hussein called the verdict "a lie," denouncing the trial as a whole.

Two suspects in the murders of the Isreali teens died in a shootout with police in September 2014. A third suspect, Hamas member Hussam Qawasmeh, was found guilty of their murders in January of this year and given three life sentences.

es/tj (AP,dpa)

[c] 2015 Daily News Egypt. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. ( ).

COPYRIGHT 2015 SyndiGate Media Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2015 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Daily News Egypt (Egypt)
Date:Nov 30, 2015
Previous Article:Egypt offers to replace Turkish imports banned by Russia.
Next Article:EBRD allocates ,e1/41bn to support SMEs automotive sector.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters