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The family of Inbal Amram, a 21-year-old Petah Tikva woman murdered by a
Palestinian car thief five years ago, is to receive over NIS 3 million in
compensation from the state.
Judge Hila Gerstl of the Central District
Court issued a ruling on Wednesday confirming the compensation agreement after
Amram’s family reached an out-ofcourt settlement with the state the previous
Wednesday’s ruling ends a four-year court battle conducted by
They filed a civil suit in 2007 against police and the
Public Security Ministry, arguing that police had acted negligently and thus
failed to prevent her murder.
The family had contacted police shortly
after Amram failed to return home one evening in March 2006.
Amram’s family had complained that after they reported the young woman as
missing, the police refused to look for her or to try to locate her via her
cellphone, despite the family begging them to do so.
The police only
began to search for Amram the morning after her disappearance, but were too late
to save her life.
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The young woman had been abducted from the parking lot
outside her Petah Tikva home by Muhammad Jaidi, a 20-yearold Palestinian from
She had surprised Jaidi as he tried to steal a car from the
After attacking Amram in the parking lot, Jaidi forced her into the
stolen car and drove her to a open area.
There, Jaidi stabbed Amram
repeatedly before fleeing the scene.
Amram died from her wounds the next
morning, a few hours before police arrived.
Jaidi was later caught and
sentenced to life in prison for murder. Although that chapter of the story was
closed, Amram’s family decided to file a civil suit against the police and the
Public Security Ministry for negligence for failing to do everything possible to
In August 2010, Gerstl ruled that the police had indeed been
negligent in relation to Amram’s death.
The Amram family argued that the
police should have taken more steps to save their daughter, including searching
for her using signals from her cellphone.
During that trial, the Amram
family had presented evidence showing that Amram had not died before 6:30 the
morning after she was abducted. They argued that, had police acted as they had
been expected to do, they could have located Amram before 5 that morning, and
thus prevented her death.
The Amram family had also argued that the
Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir had refused to
give them samples from Amram’s body after her autopsy.
In ruling the
police negligent, Gerstl had ruled that there was “a causal connection between
police conduct and Amram’s death.”
Following that ruling, the Central
District Court suggested that the sides go to mediation over the issue of
On Tuesday, the family reached an agreement with the state
over compensation, at the recommendation of the mediator, attorney Yossi
They applied to the Central District Court to confirm that
settlement on Wednesday.
Amram’s father, Hanania Amram, said in an
interview with Army Radio on Wednesday that the police officers involved should
“It’s a very painful subject, and there’s nothing to
I hope that it changed something in this country. It at least
is a memorial to Inbal,” Hanania Amram said in reference to the compensation
Under the terms of the compensation settlement, the Amram
family has waived the rights to make additional claims.
Attorney’s Office said in response to the settlement agreement that the state
had agreed to the compensation in light of the “tragic circumstances of the
“The agreement reflects the potentials and risks of further case
management or of further appeals,” Justice Ministry spokeswoman Michal Shapira
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