Court rules Yaakov 'Jack' Teitel fit to stand trial

December 7, 2011 16:24


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The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Wednesday that Yaakov 'Jack' Teitel, the American-Israel indicted on murder and attempted murder charges, is fit to stand trial.

Teitel, 39, was indicted in 2009 on 14 separate charges including the1997 murder of East Jerusalem taxi driver Samir Balbisi, the murder of a second Palestinian man in the same year and for the attempted murder Amiel Ortiz, the son of Christian missionaries in Ariel.Other charges include planting homemade explosives next to a Palestinian home and next to the home of Professor Zeev Sternhell.

Although an initial psychiatric assessment in 2010 deemed Teitel unfit to stand trial, further tests showed that he was able to face prosecution.

Judge Zvi Segal said in Wednesday's hearing that Teitel's ability to conduct his defense was "beyond question" and hence he is fit to stand trial.

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