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Deliberation in Zemora case

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 15:59 At 13:30 on Monday, May 20, a deliberation is scheduled to take place at the Ofer Military Court of Appeals on the appeal filed by the Military Advocate General on the decision to exonerate the terrorist, who stabbed Nirit Zemora, of attempted murder. During the trial the terrorist was convicted only of aggravated assault, because the knife broke during the stabbing and according to the judges it was not possible to prove that the terrorist had intended to murder Nirit Zemora. The Military Advocate General filed an appeal on the verdict and demanded that the Military Court of Appeals convict the terrorist of intentional attempt to cause death, which is equivalent to attempted murder according to military legislation. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher: “The appeal is of fundamental importance. The outcome of the appeal will have wide-ranging ramifications concerning many cases being tried at the military courts. The central question is whether or not a terrorist must admit unequivocally to the interrogators that he intended to murder Jews in order to charge him with murder or attempted murder, or if the very act of carrying out a terror attack in the name of Islam is enough for us to understand that he had only one goal: to kill us and to threaten our existence in Israel. Furthermore, it turned out that the terrorist who stabbed Nirit said during his first interrogation that he had intended to murder. “In many cases terrorists who are being tried for murder are represented by attorneys from the Palestinian Authority. Recently it was revealed that some of them are terrorists themselves, and they instruct the murderers as to how to fabricate false accounts. A situation has formed in which numerous cases of brutal attacks, if judged according to the present methods, will result in exoneration of terrorists. In the name of the injured and in the name of the citizens of Israel who have a will to live, we demand that the appellate court judge the terrorists equitably and put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.” Nirit Zemora: “I would like to thank the People of Israel, from all walks of life, for their support. It has not been an easy process and we hope that in the end justice for me, for the People of Israel and for all citizens of the State of Israel will come to light.” The victims of terror will be present at the deliberation, accompanied by Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher.

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