Murderer of Border Guard officers gets 2 life sentences

Muhammad Abu Snena shot officers Rami Zuari, David Shriki at point blank on separate occasions in 2008. Court sentences him to two consecutive life sentences, in addition to 40 years in prison for other felonies

Ynet Published: 01.11.10, 11:20 / Israel News

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday has sentenced Muhammad Abu Snena, who was convicted of the murder of two Border Guard officers in 2008, to two consecutive life sentences.

In addition, he was sentenced to 40 years on prison for other counts of which he was convicted, including unlawful weapons trade, conspiracy to commit a crime and unlawful possession of weapons.

Abu Snena, 23, shot Border Guard officer Rami Zuari on January 24, 2008 at the Ras Hamis checkpoint in north Jerusalem. The indictment against him indicates that he approached the officer and shot him at close range and seized his weapon. He later shot a female officer who was wounded as a result.

Some six months later, on July 11, 2008, Abu Snena shot officer David Shriki in the head at the Old City's Lions' Gate. He then proceeded to shoot another officer at the site, who was injured as a result.

The indictment stated that "due to a weapon jam the defendant wasn't able to continue shooting and had fled the scene." Shriki fought for his life for 12 days until he died of his wounds in the hospital.

The prosecution motioned to sentence Abu Snena to the maximum punishment under the law, noting the defendant's lack of regret before the court.

Judges Zvi Segal, Moshe Drori and Yoram Noam criticized Abu Snena for wishing to speak prior to the reading of the sentence.

Abu Snena (below). Two life sentences


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