Remand extended in Rabbi Abuchatzeira stabbing

Decision to extend Dahan's remand based on suspicions against him; Psychiatric evaluation indicates that he is a danger.

August 10, 2011 18:29
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Funeral procession for  Rabbi Abuchatzeira

Abuchatzeira Funeral 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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The Beersheba Magistrate's Court ruled on Wednesday to extend the remand of Asher Dahan, the 42-year-old Elad resident suspected of murdering Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira late last month.

Rabbi Abuchatzeira, a well-known religious figure and grandson of the Baba Sali, was stabbed in the upper body by a visitor to his Beersheba yeshiva last month.

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Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, but the Rabbi died en route to hospital.

Other visitors to the yeshiva captured Dahan, 42, minutes after the incident and handed him over to police. Dahan was immediately arrested and remanded in custody.

The prosecution told the court on Wednesday that investigations into the case are still continuing.

Judge Sara Ora Haviv ruled to remand Dahan in custody in a secure psychiatric facility until August 24, when a further hearing will take place.

Judge Haviv wrote that her decision to extend Dahan's remand was based on the suspicions against him and because findings from the investigation and psychiatric evaluation indicate that he is a danger.

A final psychiatric report on Dahan has yet to be completed.

Dahan's lawyer, attorney Kati Tzvetkov, did not oppose her client's extended remand, but asked that the court expedite his psychiatric evaluation.

According to a report in Maariv, Dahan explained that he had stabbed Rabbi Abuchatzeira after consulting him over marital problems. "His advice caused my wife's and my relationship to deteriorate," Dahan said.

Rabbi Abuchatzeira was a popular and widely respected spiritual leader, and thousands of mourners, including leading religious figures, lined the streets of Jerusalem for his funeral last month.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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