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Plea bargain disconnects minor from Duma case

May 12, 2019, 13:56 Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar, who is representing the minor in the Kfar Duma case, stated that, “The indictment and the plea bargain filed today in court are the consequences of the precedential decision of the court, which invalidated the confessions and ruled that they were extracted from the defendant under severe duress. The court also leveled harsh criticism at the Attorney General’s office and at the GSS. “In general, no plea bargain is free of difficulties, and neither is this plea bargain. It is by nature an agreement between two sides in a legal framework who have come to an arrangement, and we stand behind the arrangement. The considerations were very clear. “The first consideration, which was also clearly stated here in court, was the only condition of the defendant and his family. The plea bargain and the amended indictment do not connect this defendant to the first defendant. We hope and expect that he will also be exonerated from all charges against him. “The second thing that was at the base of our considerations was looking forward and trying to heal the physical and emotional injuries of the defendant, which the GSS interrogators had brutally caused him. “In the end, whoever studies the indictment sees that this [amended] indictment is completely different. It is completely disconnected from the murder in Kfar Duma. After three and a half years it is time for the defendant to be able to attempt to heal himself. He is looking forward to recovering and we hope that when the time comes the defendant will be able to share with you the horrors he underwent during GSS interrogations.”

Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar, May 12, 2019

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