Justice Ministry mulls homicide offenses penal code reform

The Justice ministry announced on Thursday that Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman is in the process of approving a reform in the penal code relating to offenses of homicide. According to a ministry press release, Neeman, together with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and the heads of the state prosecution, was in the process of producing a bill based on recommendations submitted to the minister by a professional committee prior to the Pessah holiday.
The announcement arrived a day after three men were acquitted of murder charges in the death of Arik Karp and convicted only of the lesser charge of manslaughter, a decision that raised widespread criticism and sparked protests in front of the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.
Karp was attacked by the three while on a nighttime family outing on a Tel Aviv beach in 2009 and found dead floating in the sea early the next morning.
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