Sandak family awarded compensation for legal expenses

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 on December 21, 2020, 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.

Ahuvia Sandak, z”l; Photo courtesy of the family

Monday, April 25, 2022, 18:32 On Monday, April 25, the Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice ruled that the State of Israel will pay the family of Ahuvia Sandak, z"l, 3,000 NIS in compensation due to a delay by the office of the Attorney General in transferring material relevant to his death. The decision is in response to a petition filed by the Sandak family against the Israel Police and the office of the Attorney General with the assistance of Honenu Attorney Ariel Atari. The family repeatedly requested the material, but only petitioning the High Court of Justice resulted in the transfer.

In the decision, Justice Yosef Elron wrote that after the previous Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, decided to close the case against the policemen involved with the incident in which Ahuvia Sandak was killed, the family requested the investigative material. They repeatedly turned to the office of the Attorney General and to the office of the State Attorney, but neither acceded to their requests. Two weeks later, the family filed the petition.

Justice Elron noted that the State of Israel stated in their response to the petition that "the preparation of the material for the petitioners has been completed," and therefore he ruled only regarding the question of the compensation that the family requested in light of the delay in carrying out their request. In conclusion, Justice Elron wrote, "Under these circumstances, it seems that there are grounds for the petitioners' claim that filing the petition from their point of view was necessary for prompting a reply to their requests."

Ayelet and Avraham Sandak, Honenu Atty. Ariel Atari; Photo credit: Honenu

Honenu Attorney Ariel Atari, who filed the petition on behalf of the Sandak family and Honenu: "Filing the petition with the High Court of Justice was a message from us that we intend to fight to bring justice to light. The court's decision, which obligates the State to pay expenses, sent an unequivocal message to the State that they must pay for the attempt by their representatives to delay our efforts to bring to trial those responsible for the death of Ahuvia, z"l."

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