Jewish terrorist gets 4 life sentences

Asher Weisgan ordered to compensate families of his 4 Palestinian victims.

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
September 27, 2006 15:25
2 minute read.
Jewish terrorist gets 4 life sentences

Jewish terrorist 298.88. (photo credit: Channel 2)

A settler who shot and killed four Palestinian civilians in the West Bank in an attempt to scuttle Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip last year was sentenced Wednesday to four consecutive life terms in prison by the Jerusalem District Court plus an additional 12 years in jail. Asher Weisgan, 38, of the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, who had subsequently called for the assassination of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, was convicted in the same court earlier this month on four counts of murder. "The basic prohibition of 'Thou shall not murder,' which is part of the Ten Commandments... reflects the minimum of legal norms of all of humanity," the three-judge panel headed by Judge Moshe Ravid wrote in their unanimous ruling, calling the murders a "moral failure" that were the result of Weisgan's "warped thinking." The court also ordered Weisgan to pay NIS 228,000 to each of the families of the four victims, and another NIS 100,000 to the man he wounded, in an unusual court-ordered monetary penalty for a murder case. A driver who transported Palestinian laborers, Weisgan grabbed a gun from a security guard at the end of the work day last August, and then opened fire at the workers in his car at close range, killing three instantly and mortally wounding a fourth, who died later at a Jerusalem hospital. The four-page charge sheet called the shooting rampage near Shiloh "cold-blooded and premeditated" murder. The indictment said the attacker sprayed five or six bullets at each of his victims, whom he knew well, at one point even refilling his spent cartridge as he sought out his last victim. The charge sheet related that one of the wounded Arab victims, who lay bleeding from a bullet that skimmed his face, shouted at the attacker, "Asher, what are you doing?" only to be met by another hail of bullets, which missed him. Weisgan then went after a fifth victim back at work, the indictment read, repeatedly shooting him at close range and then verifying he was dead before finally turning himself in to a settlement security guard. "The accused, who was vehemently opposed to the disengagement plan, decided near the start [of its implementation] to act to thwart it, hoping that his actions would stop the plan and would also encourage other people to act in a similar way," the indictment stated. He had been found mentally fit to stand trial by a psychiatrist who examined him at court order. "Internal voices called on the accused once and again to not only think about himself and his family, but about the entire nation, and carry out an act of self-sacrifice in order to prevent the disaster," defense attorney Asher Ohayon said. A father of two, Weisgan, who lived a secular life in a predominantly religious settlement, has since appeared in court donning a kippa. Weisgan refused to express remorse for his actions.


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