US State Dept, DoJ officials to attend Palmer murder trial

May 31, 2012 18:48


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Representatives from the US Department of Justice and State Department are expected to attend a hearing in the Ofer Military Court on Sunday in the ongoing trial of two Palestinian men charged with deliberately killing an American citizen and his baby son last year.

Asher Palmer, aged 24, and his infant son Yonatan were killed when their car overturned as they drove on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba. The father and son were driving to meet Asher's pregnant wife in Jerusalem.

A police investigation revealed that the father and son were murdered as the result of rock-throwing and not a car accident as the IDF initially suspected.

Two Palestinian men - Ali Saadeh and Wa'al al-Arjeh, both from Halhoul near Hebron - were charged in the Ofer Military Court with intentionally causing the deaths of Asher and Yonatan, equivalent to a murder charge under civilian law. The offense is punishable by life in prison.

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