Acquittal in Eilat terrorist plot
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.