Erdan to police: Investigate further to complete probe into Jerusalem gay pride stabbing

The ministry said the findings are expected to be presented in the coming days.

August 16, 2015 23:17
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Stabbing at J'lem gay-pride parade

Stabbing at J'lem gay-pride parade. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Police presented the results of an investigatory committee set up to probe the Jerusalem Pride Parade to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Sunday night; weeks after a repeat attacker stabbed several people, including one who later died of her wounds.

The Public Security Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that Erdan discussed the findings in a meeting with acting Israel Police head Asst.-Ch. Bentzi Sau and advised Sau to order further investigatory actions to complete the probe.

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The ministry said those findings are expected to be presented in the coming days.

During the parade on July 30th, six people were stabbed, including 16-year-old Shira Banki, who died days later of her wounds.

Three days after the attack, Sau met with Asst.-Ch. Yisrael Yitzhak (res.), to appoint him the head of an investigatory committee into the stabbing.

The attacker, Yishai Schlissel, had been released weeks earlier from prison from his sentence for stabbing several people at the 2005 pride parade in the capital. Schlissel was sentenced to 12 years in prison and served 10 years before he was released.

Head of the Jerusalem District Police Asst.-Ch. Moshe Edri said after the attack that his agency did not have concrete intelligence that Schlissel was at the parade, while the Judea and Samaria District Police said they were not required to track Schlissel after his parole, even though he lives within the district.

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