Ac­quit­tal in Ei­lat ter­ror­ist plot

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - Yonah Jeremy Bob

An east Jerusalem man ac­cused in 2015 of hatch­ing a ter­ror­ist plot to bomb an Ei­lat ho­tel was ac­quit­ted by the Beer­sheba Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day. Halil Nimri was ac­quit­ted after his de­fense team raised a num­ber of is­sues with the ev­i­dence against him. De­spite hav­ing con­fessed while in­ter­ro­gated by the Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency), his lawyer ar­gued that the con­fes­sion was false and that a key wit­ness iden­ti­fy­ing him as hav­ing acted sus­pi­ciously may have con­fused him with some­one else.

There was no in­for­ma­tion about the sta­tus of the case against the sec­ond al­leged co-con­spir­a­tor, Ashraf Salaimeh. The Jus­tice Min­istry said it was weigh­ing ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion, and that Nimri would re­main in cus­tody for 72 hours pend­ing its de­ci­sion.

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