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Kedar to Attorney General: Cancel the plea bargain

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 20:46 On Tuesday, June 2, the Attorney General’s office is expected


Yinon Levanon's family wearing shirts with his photo, in front of the Be'er Sheva District Court

Yinon Levanon’s family wearing shirts with his photo, in front of the Be’er Sheva District Court


to file a plea bargain with the Be’er Sheva District Court in the case of Sa’id Al-Nabari, a Bedouin illegal worker smuggler who killed Yinon Levanon, Hy”d, in a head-on collision over two years ago near the IDF checkpoint at Meitar. Al-Nabari smuggled workers who did not have proper documentation over the Green Line. On February 10, 2013, Al-Nabari drove hazardously as he evaded a police car, crossed a solid white line and passed 10 vehicles, in the end colliding head-on with the car which Levanon drove. Levanon, Hy”d, was killed at the scene. The plea bargain was supposed to be presented in court on March 1, 2015, however because the defendant did not appear in court the presentation was postponed. Family and friends of Yinon Levanon, Hy”d, did arrive at the courthouse in order to express their anger at the plea bargain. Honenu attorney Adi Kedar is assisting Levanon’s family, who are considered victims of a crime, and demanded that he receive the evidence in order to defend the family’s opposition to the shockingly lenient plea bargain, according to which Al-Nabari will be sentenced to only 3.5 years imprisonment, despite the fact that he will be convicted on a charge of killing which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. In a letter which he sent on Sunday, May 31 to the Southern District Attorney, Kedar pointed out that Al-Nabari should have been accused of murder and endangering human life in a traffic lane, not of only manslaughter and smuggling workers who lacked proper documentation. According to Kedar several facts were not reflected in the conviction: According to the passengers, Al-Nabari drove between 120-180 kph on a road with a 80 kph speed limit and accelerated after noticing a police car. Also no brake marks were found on the road on the vehicle’s path up to the site of the collision, Al-Nabari crossed a solid white line and passed a long line of vehicles for a lengthy time. These facts, alongside the fact that Al-Nabari refused to cooperate with the investigators, indicate that he committed the crimes of endangering human life in a traffic lane and murder. “Even after the defendant almost collided with a police car, instead of returning to the right traffic lane, he chose to continue passing vehicles in a dangerous manner,” said Kedar. According to Kedar the Attorney General’s office’s handling of the case, “is difficult to understand, and that is an understatement,” and does grave injustice to Yinon Levanon’s, Hy”d, family. “The Attorney General’s office is going to extreme lengths to defend an indictment which is rife with legal errors which treat the defendant leniently, and leave the murdered man’s family wallowing in the blood of their loved one,” said Kedar.

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