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Sentence to be handed down in Barkan trial

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 15:19 On Wednesday, August 7, at 13:30, the Shomron Military Court in Salem will hand down a sentence in the trial of the Barkan terrorist’s brother, Amjad Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, who has been convicted of failure to prevent possession of a weapon by his brother and of disrupting legal proceedings. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the families of the Barkan terror victims, Ziv Hajbi, Hy”d, and Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, Hy”d, will be present at the deliberation as will Rafi Levengrond, Kim’s father. Bleicher, who is assisting the families with realizing their rights as crime victims, stated that, “The court found that the terrorist’s brother knew that his brother possessed a weapon and practiced shooting. The brother knew that the terrorist had warned his family that the house might be searched by IDF forces. After the attack the brother actively concealed information located in the home’s security cameras in order to prevent the arrest of the fleeing terrorist and the arrest of others involved with the attack who had planned other attacks. We think that according to the findings of the court a sentence of many years of active prison service should be imposed on the defendant. “Likewise we will demand that the Military Advocate General appeal the verdict and demand that the brother of the terrorist be charged with failure to prevent the attack. Lawmakers in Yehuda and Shomron determined long ago that a reasonable suspicion of someone is enough to cause the obligation to turn someone into the security forces. We demand that the court use all means to create a deterrence factor against the environment of terror in order to penalize the terrorists and so that the next attack will be prevented. We also demand that the court make every effort to penalize the defendant to the full extent of the law for his part in the attack.” The bill of indictment describes how the mother of the terrorist told her other son about his intents and despite that, “the defendant did not inform any authorities whatsoever and did not act in another reasonable manner to prevent his brother from committing the crime. “Additionally, after the murder… the defendant [the terrorist’s brother] phoned his wife and asked her to dismantle the recording device. Afterwards he spoke to [name redacted] and asked him to take the recording device from his wife, because there was a concern that the security forces would impound the device and see his brother Asraf [the terrorist] holding the weapon in his house and in his presence.”

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