Prosecutors on Sunday asked the Tel Aviv District Court to sentence the three men convicted of killing Arik
Karp to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutor Menahem Mizrahi of the Tel Aviv
District Attorney’s Office asked the court for the maximum sentence to be given
to Jamil Ades, 25, Abed al-Rahman Ades, 21, and a 17-year-old, who as a minor
cannot be named, the three Jaljulya residents who beat Karp, 59, to death two
years ago on northern Tel Aviv’s Tel Baruch beach in front of his wife and
In April, judges pronounced the three defendants guilty of
manslaughter – not murder – after they said the prosecution had failed to prove
that the three had intended to kill Karp.
Speaking to the court on
Sunday, Mizrahi said the killing was a “brutal and vicious attack.
was no provocation from [Karp],” he continued.
“They did not stop beating
him even when they were begged to do so. They showed contempt for human
Mizrahi said the oldest defendant, Jamil Ades, could have taken
responsibility and told the others to stop the attack, but he did
“There was no excuse for their behavior,” he said. “We ask for the
The maximum penalty for manslaughter is 20
Attorneys for the three defendants presented to the court
arguments for a much lighter punishment.
Attorney Moshe Maroz,
representing Jamil Ades, said the maximum jail term should not be given in this
case because the killing was not premeditated.
He reminded the court that
when Ades was informed of Karp’s death he asked repeatedly whether it was really
The attorney also said Ades expressed remorse for his
“Even now he does not understand how he could have done what he
did that night,” he said.
Maroz also told the court that cases where the
maximum penalty of 20 years has been imposed usually involve the use of weapons.
In this case, no weapons were used, he said.
“When someone uses a weapon
such as a knife there’s more of an expectation that [an attack] will result in
death,” he said.
Attorney Gil Friedman, representing Abed al-Rahman Ades,
asked the court to take into account that Abed has a limited understanding of
what happened because he suffered from brain damage following a childhood
accident and has a very low IQ.
“[Abed] is not like a normal person, he
has problems,” Friedman said.
Abed and the 17-year-old defendant
whispered together and grinned at each other throughout the
Jamil Ades, who sat apart from the other two defendants, later
made a statement to the court in which he expressed his remorse.
what it is like to lose a father and I am very sorry for what happened,” he
The other two defendants declined to make statements to the
Earlier in the hearing, Arik Karp’s widow, Sara, presented
evidence before a closed court.
Both Sarah and her daughter Anataliya
left the court without hearing the defense’s arguments for a lighter
After the hearing, attorney Asher Chen, who represents the
17-year-old, told The Jerusalem Post that a lighter jail sentence of eight or
nine years imprisonment is appropriate in this case because the killing was not
“[My client] was a minor, they were under the influence of
alcohol and they didn’t know what the outcome of their actions would be,” said
Chen. “They didn’t think it would result in death.”
The court is expected
to pass sentence on the three defendants within two months.
If the court
does decide on a jail term that is less than the maximum, it is likely to cause
The verdict of manslaughter – unpremeditated killing – in
the Karp case provoked outrage in April, partly because the maximum penalty for
manslaughter is much lighter than that for murder, which can be punished with a
After the verdict was issued, a legal panel led by
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
submitted recommendations to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman proposing changes to
the criminal statutes to incorporate two murder offenses: premeditated murder,
and murder under aggravated circumstances, including cruelty or abuse, such as
in the Karp case.