Comatose terror victim succumbed to injuries, family demands retrial

Updated: Apr 8


Hodaya Nechama Asoulin, Hy”d; Photo courtesy of the family

Monday, October 22, 2018, 9:32 On March 23, 2011, Hodaya Nechama Asoulin, Hy”d, was sitting at a bus stop outside of the ICC building in Jerusalem when a bomb placed by a terror cell exploded. She was seriously injured and remained comatose until she succumbed to her injuries on November 22, 2017. Her family has demanded a retrial for the terrorists who were convicted of carrying out the attack. On behalf of the family Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado submitted a demand to the Military Advocate General in the Yehuda and Shomron region: “When the terrorists were convicted with regards to carrying out the attack, the death had not yet been caused. Now that she has died, it is proper for the terrorists to be penalized for causing her death.” The demand is to implement a clause according to a security provisions order which states that in an instance of causing death an individual may be retried for acts for which he has already been convicted (of other crimes). “One of the convicted terrorists in the terror cell was sentenced in a plea bargain to only twenty years. There will be no peace if the terrorists are not penalized for the murder of the deceased and for their connection to her murder.” Several years ago four members of the terror cell were convicted of various crimes connected to the attack in which British tourist Mary Jane Gardner was murdered and 67 people were injured. One of the terrorists was an Israeli citizen and resident of East Jerusalem. Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado: “Murder does not carry the same penalty as any other crime. An individual who causes murder needs to pay and to be penalized even if he has been penalized for the same act [but a different crime]. The law recognizes this, human emotion justifies it and the law enforcement system must implement the procedures for sentencing Hodaya’s murderers and those who conspired to murder her. As of today the conspirators are expected to be released within 12 years, which is intolerable and therefore there is a concrete need to convict the members of the terror cell of causing the death of Hodaya Nechama.”

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