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The Haifa District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment in the Haifa District
Court on Sunday, charging two men from the Arab-Israeli town of Jatt with
attempting to murder a local council leader and his brother last
The indictment alleges that 26-year-old Samer Wated and
23-year-old Abdallah Jarrah attempted to assassinate Khaled Jarrah after he was
elected to the position of council leader in Jatt, a village in the Triangle
region, a concentration of Arab towns in the eastern Sharon plains. Samer and
Abdallah had supported a rival candidate in the city’s election and planned to
murder Khaled to prevent him from serving, the indictment says.
to the indictment, filed by attorney Hadas Rozenberg-Shainert on October 19,
2011, a week after the elections, Samer and Abdallah decided to assassinate
Khaled by shooting him with a semiautomatic pistol. At around 7 on the night of
the shooting, the pair allegedly donned black balaclavas and drove to Khaled’s
house, where the newly elected council leader was spending the evening with his
brother Nihad and others. Samer and Abdallah parked their car in an alley next
to the Khaled’s house, and while one of them stood guard near the car, the other
took the gun and fired six rounds through Khaled’s screen door in an attempt to
kill him. They then fled, the indictment says.
Khaled was hit by several
bullets, which penetrated his right knee and his right thigh, shattering his
right femur. His brother Nihad was hit by a bullet as it ricocheted off the
Khaled was rushed to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera and then
transferred to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital for further treatment. He was
discharged only a month after the shooting.
The district attorney filed a
request along with the indictment, asking that Samer and Abdallah be remanded in
custody throughout the legal proceedings against them.
Later on Sunday,
Judge Ron Shapira of the Haifa District Court ruled to extend the remand of both
defendants pending a further court decision.
The judge said that in the
request, the prosecution had submitted a file of circumstantial and other prima
facie (apparently sufficient) evidence, including partial eyewitness
testimonies, which provided enough grounds for temporary remand.