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The State Attorney’s Office announced to the Supreme Court on Sunday that it
intends to file a murder indictment against a convicted criminal, Ratib Abu
Atza, following the death of police officer Shlomo Assulin earlier this
Assulin was stabbed in the neck by Abu Atza, who was discovered
with a stolen car.
Assulin lost consciousness after the stabbing, which
injured his brainstem. The police officer remained in a coma for five years, but
died in the hospital two weeks ago after his condition deteriorated.
Atza fled the scene but was later arrested and sentenced to 20 years
He is now appealing that conviction in the Supreme Court,
and the hearing is scheduled for October.
In a letter to the Supreme
Court and to Abu Atza’s attorneys on Sunday, State Attorney Orly Ben
Ari-Ginzberg wrote that the state intends to file a murder indictment against
Abu Atza ahead of that appeal.
Shlomo Assulin’s father, David Assulin,
that the state’s decision to file the indictment against Abu Atza
did not bring a sense of relief.
“Even life imprisonment would be a prize
for such a person,” he said. “He could live in prison, receive an education,
while my son is buried in the ground.”