State indicts Palestinian for arson attack on Jerusalem events center

August 16, 2015 12:27
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The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office on Sunday filed an indictment against Mohanid Kawasme with the Jerusalem District Court for the August 9 arson attack against the VIEW events center in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Kawasme, 27 of Hebron, was charged with arson, resisting arrest, entering Israel illegally, impersonating someone else and forging documents.

According to the indictment, Kawasme ignited a fire on an oil tank area being used for storage next to the VIEW events center on August 9 in order to take revenge for having been fired as one of the center's employees approximately three months earlier.

The fire allegedly caused hundreds of thousands of shekels of damage to the contents of the storage area.

One of the event center employees noticed the fire and called for the fire department who rushed to the scene in time to extinguish the fire before it spread to nearby buildings, said the indictment.

Next, the indictment stated that police located Kawasme at a different events center in Jerusalem where he had started to work.

When Kawasme saw the police approaching him, he attempted to flee, but the police on the scene succeeded in apprehending him, alleged the indictment.

The state requested to keep Kawasme in police custody until the trial against him concludes.

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