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Hearing for killer of autistic man postponed

Jerusalem24 – Today, Sunday, the Israeli Central Court in Jerusalem postponed hearing the case of the murder of a 32-year-old autistic man, Iyad Al-Hallaq.

Local sources in Jerusalem said, “the Israeli Court in Jerusalem held the first session in the file of the Jerusalemite Iyad Al-Hallaq and postponed consideration of the case until the ninth of next May.”

The lawyer for the victim’s family, Khaled Zabarka, explained that there is procrastination from the Israeli prosecution and the police defense team in managing the file. He pointed out that the crime was committed in the year 2020, and after two years the first sessions are finally being held, this is unjustified and does not amount to legal dealings with these files.

He continued, on the third of June of the year 2021, the Prosecution of the Investigations Department with the Israeli Police submitted an indictment against the policeman accused of killing Al-Hallaq. Since that time no session has been held in this regard, and today the first sessions were held in the Central Court to read the indictment.

Zabarka stressed that it is important that there is an indictment against the policeman who killed the Al-Hallaq and executed him in cold blood. This is a very important issue on several levels, especially since he is a person with special needs and suffers from autism.

He stressed that the indictment presented did not rise to the extent of the seriousness of the crime, “we believed that the Police Investigations Department would present an indictment that truly reflects the seriousness and scale of the crime as well as the misfortune that befell the family of the Iyad Al-Hallaq. But that did not happen.”

Al-Hallaq’s mother, who collapsed during the session due to the settlers’ provocations, said, “the court procrastinates every time and says it will file an indictment against him. but it does not.”

Coinciding with the end of the court session for the murderer of the Al-Hallaq, settlers who were present in front of the court chanted slogans in support of the policeman.

The Investigations Department of the Israeli Police (Mahash) had filed an indictment against the policeman who killed the 32-year-old Iyad Al-Hallaq in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, on May 30 last year. The Mahash accused the policeman of “reckless homicide.”

They also had announced the filing of an indictment against the policeman after a hearing last October, and the file was closed against him, claiming that there were no charges.

The police statement claimed at the time that the policemen suspected that Al-Hallaq, who is a young man with autism, was planning to carry out an attack, “following certain characteristics in his behavior.”

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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