An east Jerusalem man suspected of kidnapping and raping a 7-year-old girl last month was indicted on charges of rape of a minor under the age of 16, kidnapping, and making threats, during a hearing at the Jerusalem District Court on Monday.
The horrific crime for which 22-year-old Muhammed Julani stands accused took place in broad daylight on the afternoon of March 12th in Beit Hanina in east Jerusalem. According to the indictment, Julani was riding an electric bike in the neighborhood, when he stopped a 7-year-old girl who was walking to a local convenient store.
Julani then allegedly asked her to help him find a specific set of buildings in the area, and when she got on the back of his bike he drove her to a secluded area, and raped her, all the while threatening to kill her if she moved or made a sound.
Afterwards he fled the scene, and the victim was found shaking and crying by a local woman minutes later.
Julani was arrested three days later, and has remained in custody ever since.
According to his arrest warrant, police acquired physical evidence implicating Julani, as well as a “partial confession”. Prosecutors on Tuesday submitted a request that he be kept in custody until the end of his trial, due to the severity of his alleged crimes and the danger posed to the public.