J'lem attacker's family tries to prove his insanity

Dwayat family claims autopsy results will determine that he wasn't connected to terror groups.

Dwayat 224 88 (photo credit: AP)
Dwayat 224 88
(photo credit: AP)
The family of the terrorist, who killed three people and wounded dozens more in last week's bulldozer attack in Jerusalem, has petitioned the Jerusalem Magistrate's court to view results of his autopsy, Army Radio reported Tuesday. Husam Dwayat's family, attempting to prove their claim that he was insane at the time of the event, presented their petition to the court on Tuesday stating that "the autopsy could clarify shady aspects which remain unclear." In their petition, the Dwayat family explained that they believed blood tests could reveal the terrorist to have been "impeded by drugs," or have a "growth in his brain." The lawyer representing the Dwayat family, Shimon Kikush, told Army Radio that the family was "requesting to inspect the findings" and could potentially source the advice of "specialists" to act on their behalf. "We don't see any sign that we're talking about a terrorist," emphasized the lawyer. "Indeed it was a tragic and murderous event, but we're speaking of a man that didn't belong to any terrorist organization," he went on. "In addition, he had a Jewish girlfriend, she has a Jewish son, he lived [surrounded by] Jews. It is possible that he was intoxicated by drugs… he was as a criminal," Kikush added.