Video in lynched Eritrean case shelved

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Beer­sheba Dis­trict Court Judge Ahron Mish­nayot on Thurs­day put off ac­cept­ing as valid ev­i­dence a key video show­ing the lynch­ing of an in­no­cent Eritrean man on Oc­to­ber 18, 2015, after a ter­ror­ist at­tack at the Beer­sheba Cen­tral Bus Sta­tion. On Wed­nes­day, Mish­nayot is­sued a de­ci­sion dis­qual­i­fy­ing the video. De­fense lawyers for some of the four men, in­clud­ing an IDF sol­dier, prison guard and two civil­ians, who were ac­cused of beat­ing Hap­tom Zarhum to death after mis­tak­ing him for the ter­ror­ist, de­clared vic­tory in the case.

On Thurs­day, the Jus­tice Min­istry said Mish­nayot clar­i­fied that there was an er­ror in his de­ci­sion, which should have said he was only not ac­cept­ing the video pend­ing hear­ing fur­ther ar­gu­ments from the sides, though the ev­i­den­tiary prob­lems are se­ri­ous. Zarhum’s death was pri­mar­ily the re­sult of a gun­shot wound, but while still alive he was beaten by a bru­tal mob that in­cluded the four de­fen­dants in a video, which went vi­ral. The dis­pute is about whether the po­lice main­tained the video prop­erly. • Yonah Jeremy Bob

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