Sandak case: Will the AG put the policemen on trial? – Update

Updated: Jan 26


Avraham Sandak (L) and Honenu Attorney Ariel Atari (R); Photo credit: Honenu

Honenu is representing those who are insisting on the investigation of the death of Ahuvia Sandak z”l who was tragically killed in a police car chase and defending the many who are being detained while demonstrating for change in police behavior. The car Ahuvia was in with four other boys overturned when the police car collided with it from behind. Please click here for a list of posts connected to the case.

Monday, November 1, 2021, 14:13 The Office of the State Prosecutor has informed Honenu Attorney Ariel Atari that at an upcoming meeting the Attorney General will finalize the decision regarding whether or not the policemen involved with Ahuvia Sandak’s death will be put on trial. A letter from the Office of the State Prosecutor to Atari states: “In response to your request, we reply that this matter is currently being examined by the Attorney General after completion of examination of the matter by the State Prosecutor. A meeting with the Attorney General on the matter is expected to take place soon. Subsequently a decision will be handed down on the matter.”

‏Several days previously, Atari sent a letter to the State Prosecutor on behalf of the Sandak family, demanding that he order the policemen suspected of involvement with the death to be put on trial as soon as possible

Honenu Attorney Ariel Atari, who is representing the Sandak family: “Today we received a letter from the State Prosecutor, according to which he has chosen, in an extraordinary manner, to transfer the ‘hot potato’ to the Attorney General. This unusual behavior indicates, as we feared, that the conduct of the policemen in the incident caused the death of Ahuvia, z”l. We hope very much that the decision will be made in the coming days so that it will finally be possible to examine the investigative material and the manner in which the police and the Police Investigation Unit operate and make decisions.”

Member of Knesset Betzalel Smotrich tweeted on his Twitter account (translation by Honenu): “There is no doubt. I was at the scene in real time. Contrary to regulations, the police car collided with the youths’ car during the chase and caused the horrific accident which caused the death of Ahuvia Sandak, z”l. The time has come to put an end to the attempts to whitewash and conceal [the policemen’s culpability]. Whoever is guilty must be penalized.”

On the day of the fatal collision, Josh Breiner posted a tweet on Twitter, with a video clip of MK Smotrich (translation by Honenu): “Look at the disgrace. The police are not allowing anyone to get near the scene of an incident in which a 16-year-old youth was killed during a police car chase. Knesset Member Betzalel Smotrich is attempting to use his diplomatic immunity to get in and photograph the scene of the incident. A policeman is trying to detain him and also threatened him: ‘I will detain you!’ It’s degrading. Immunity is precisely for situations like this. (Sorry about the sideways video clip.) See here.”

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