Supreme Court acquits man serving life sentence for murder

November 9, 2011 14:36


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The Supreme Court accepted on Wednesday the appeal of Hamed Zinati, the Abu Sinan resident sentenced to life in prison for the 2007 murder of businessman Yusuf Ali.

In overturning the lower court's decision, the Supreme Court found the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zinati was guilty of the murder and accepted Zinati's defense position that testimony against him from a third man arrested for the murder had been obtained under pressure from a police informant.

Zinati, who has served four years in prison following his arrest and conviction in the Haifa District Court, was released following his acquittal.

While they acquitted Zinati, Supreme Court justices Edmond Levy, Yoram Danziger and Salim Joubran denied the appeal of his co-defendant and former business partner, Kamal Awid, who will continue to serve his life sentence for the murder.

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