The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Monday convicted two police officers of negligent homicide in the death of Omar abu-Jribran,A Palestinian car thief, four years ago.
Abu-Jribran, a Palestinian from Gaza Strip who was illegally staying in Israel, was found dead on the side of a highway near Atarot Junction in June 2008. Two weeks earlier, abu-Jribran was involved in a car accident with a vehicle that he had stolen. He was hospitalized in Sheeba Medical Center, and later transferred to police custody.
According to the indictment, the commander of the police station where abu-Jribran was held instructed to return abu-Jribran to the Palestinian territories, against police regulations.
Baruch Peretz, who was the officer on duty, passed the directive on to
Assaf Yekutieli, who drove abu-Jribran to Ofer Base and left him on the side of the road without water or food. Abu-Jribran, who w
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