Thursday, April 19, 2012

Military Court delays next hearing in trial for Palmer deaths

Jerusalem Post  Thursday, April 19, 2012- (excerpts)

 Military court delays next hearing in trial for Palmer deaths to June 3

The military court trial of two men suspected of killing Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan last September is a farce and a disgrace, far-right MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said Wednesday.
“This is a show, not a trial.  The deals the prosecution is working out with the murderers show that the blood of Jewish infants is cheap, even 70 years after the Holocaust” Ben-Ari said at the Ofer Military court on Wednesday.

In November, the court indicted Sa’adeh on charges of intentionally causing death – effectively a murder charge – for allegedly throwing a stone at Palmer’s car from a passing vehicle on Route 60 outside Kiryat Arba.  Due to the high speed at which the two cars were traveling, the stone passed through the windshield and struck Palmer, causing him to lose control of his car and crash.  Both Palmer and his infant son died at the scene

 Sa’adeh faces 23 charges – including an attempt to fir an M-16 rifle at a passenger bus on Route 60 and membership in a group that intentionally caused death.  Arjeh also in trial is charged with a total of 30  security offenses.
The court has also indicted three other Palestinian men in connection to Palmer’s deaths, who they say formed a cell to target Israeli civilians.

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