The State Attorney’s Office filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday
after the Beersheba District Court found a police sergeant’s killer guilty of
manslaughter, not murder.
Ibrahim Tantawi ran over and killed 32-year-old
Sgt. Yigal Cohen near Mitzpe Ramon in 2008, in what police say was a deliberate
act of murder.
However, the Beersheba District Court found Tantawi guilty
of the lesser charge of manslaughter, and sentenced him to 14 years in
“Tantawi deliberately turned his vehicle towards [Cohen], and did
not slow down or turn back to his original direction, even though [Cohen] was
fleeing to the opposite lane,” the petition said. “These facts indicate the
severity of the risk in which [Tantawi] deliberately placed
According to the indictment, Tantawi and another man would
regularly go to Mitzpe Ramon to steal electrical power cables. On the evening of
March 13, 2008, Cohen was on duty on Route 40 near Mitzpe Ramon when he flagged
down a car he found suspicious.
Tantawi, the driver, veered towards Cohen
at high speed.
Although Cohen tried to escape, Tantawi drove the car
across the road, hit and killed the police sergeant instantly.
fled the scene, but was later arrested.