Is­rael jails Pales­tinian for life

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JERUSALEM: Is­rael on Mon­day jailed a Pales­tinian for life for the 2015 killing of two Is­raelis and the wound­ing of a third in a Tel Aviv knife at­tack, the Jus­tice Min­istry said.

A copy of the judg­ment of the Tel Aviv dis­trict court said Rayed Khalil, born in 1979, was sen­tenced to two life terms for the mur­ders and an ad­di­tional 20 years for three at­tempted mur­ders in the at­tack at a Tel Aviv of­fice build­ing.

A Jus­tice Min­istry spokeswoman told AFP that each life sen­tence was 25 years, with no pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

The court ruled that Khalil, from the south­ern West Bank city of He­bron, should have no prospect of early re­lease as his Novem­ber 2015 ram­page met the le­gal def­i­ni­tion of “ag­gra­vated cir­cum­stances.”

“It is de­cided that the acts of mur­der which the de­fen­dant com­mit­ted were car­ried out in cir­cum­stances that were ex­cep­tional in their grav­ity,” the three judges wrote.

The spokeswoman said Khalil would also be in­el­i­gi­ble for in­clu­sion in any fu­ture pris­oner re­lease that might be agreed be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans.

At a sep­a­rate court hear­ing Mon­day in Lod, near Tel Aviv, judges jailed an­other Pales­tinian for 16 years and six months.

Tamer Weri­dat, aged around 30, stabbed and wounded an Is­raeli at the start of a wave of vi­o­lence in Oc­to­ber 2015.

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