Handcuffs arrest police crime illustrative 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Lod District Court sentenced Rahtib Abu Atza to 30 years in prison on
Wednesday as part of a plea bargain agreement in the manslaughter of police
officer Shlomi Asulin.
This was the second time Atza has been sentenced
over the same event.
Asulin was physically attacked by Atza while trying
to stop him from committing various crimes involving theft of
When Atza was initially indicted, Asulin was seriously wounded
and in a coma, but still alive.
After the trial, in August 2007, Atza
received an initial sentence of 20 years in prison for the crime of causing
serious bodily injury and other crimes. But four years and seven months after
the incident, during all of which Asulin lay in a “vegetative” state, Asulin
As a result of the changed circumstances in Asulin’s condition,
under Section 5 of the Law of Criminal Procedure permitting new indictments even
post-sentencing in some circumstances, the state submitted a new indictment
charging Atza with murder.
The state noted that its decision to reduce
the charges to manslaughter and a 30-year sentence were taken out of concern of
putting Asulin’s family through a new trial and with their
Atza’s sentence, handed down by a three judge panel, will run 30
years from when he was first detained in 2007.