Monday, 7 November 2016

Palestinian teenager jailed for 12 years

Palestinian teenager 'Ahmed Manasra', 14 was sentenced on Monday after he was found guilty to 12 years in prison.

He was accused of  stabbing  two Israelis, one of the most high-profile attacks in a recent wave of violence.

When he was 13 he was  found guilty of the attempted murder of a 20-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in the Jewish settlement neighbourhood of Pisgat Zeev in annexed east Jerusalem.

He carried out the attack along with his 15-year-old cousin Hassan, who was shot dead by security forces.The two Israelis were seriously wounded.
In addition to the jail term, the Jerusalem district court ordered Manasra to pay 80,000 shekels ($21,000, 19,000 euros) in compensation to the adult victim and 100,000 to the boy, the ruling said.

His lawyer Lea Tsemel said she planned to appeal the sentence.
The sentencing and trial were closed to journalists because Manasra is a minor. 

According to AFP the prosecutors told journalists that "Although the accused was a minor, he tried to harm human life and there is no other option than to give him jail time.

Manasra had earlier pleaded not guilty, saying he had not personally stabbed either of the victims and had only intended to frighten them.
The teenager appeared calm as he entered and left the courtroom in east Jerusalem on Monday. His father refused comment, asking journalists to leave him alone.

The incident came at the beginning of a months-long wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks.
Footage released by Israeli authorities in the wake of the attack purported to show the cousins -- knives in hand -- following the Israeli victims.

It also showed Manasra, who was hit by a car as they fled, lying bleeding on the ground in the aftermath of the attack while Israeli onlookers shouted abuse.

Since October 2015, violence has claimed the lives of 238 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.


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