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Israeli Border Guards Sentenced Lightly for Killing a Palestinan Teenager

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28 Apr 09 | BBC

An Israeli court has sentenced two border guards over the unlawful killing of a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank town of Hebron seven years ago.


Imran Abu Hamdieh died after the two men, Shahar Botbeka and Denis Alhazov, pushed him from the back of a military vehicle travelling at 50mph (80km/h).

Botbeka was jailed for eight-and-a-half years and Alhazov for five-and-a-half.

Botbeka’s jail term for the 2002 killing is thought to be the longest for such a case in Israeli history.

The sentences were handed down by Jerusalem District Court on Monday.

The judge said Botbeka was the ringleader in the incident, but he noted that he had already been under house arrest for five years and was in poor mental health.

Two other border policemen have had previously been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment over the incident, one for eight-and-a-half years, the other for four-and-a-half years. >>>

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28 April 2009 at 12:43 pm

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