3 Palestinians sentenced to life for killing taxi driver

Central District Court convicts Palestinians from Jenin area in 2009 murder of 55-year old Gregory Rabinowitz from Ashdod.

By DAN IZENBERG
October 4, 2010 04:14
1 minute read.
3 Palestinians sentenced to life for killing taxi driver

Haldi and Uda 248.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Central District Court on Sunday handed down life sentences to three Palestinians who robbed and murdered an Israeli taxi driver last year.

The three convicted killers are Mahmud Ouda, Mahmud Khaldi and Ahmed Khaneini, all of whom lived in the Jenin area.

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Their victim was 55-year-old Gregory Rabinowitz, from Ashdod, who was killed on May 11, 2009, in a field near Gan Yavne. According to the indictment, Rabinowitz had been tied up and there were signs that he had been seriously abused before he died.

Ouda, 22, and Khaldi, 23, were arrested 12 days after Rabinowitz’s murder. They told police Khaneini had been their accomplice.

According to the indictment, the three ordered Rabinowitz to drive them along a side road near Gan Yavne and then attacked him and stole his money. During the assault, they decided to kill him.

They strangled him “only because he was a Jew,” the indictment continued. “The defendants lay the taxi driver on his stomach [Khaneini] pulled out the string of the hooded shirt he was wearing and one of the others wrapped it around the driver’s neck and pulled hard on it for several minutes.

“Then Khaldi stuffed the driver’s mouth with pieces of cloth, shifted him over on his back while Khaneini strangled him and pressed with his hands on the driver’s neck,” the indictment continued. The three then kicked and punched Rabinowitz all over his body to make certain he was dead. They then turned him over again and covered his body with leaves and cardboard and fled with the taxi.

The judges, Avraham Tal, Clara Regiano and Rami Amir sentenced the three to life imprisonment.


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