An Israeli court in Jerusalem yesterday charged a border policeman for killing a Palestinian teenager in 2014 reducing his sentence from manslaughter following a plea bargain.
Israeli border police officer Ben Deri was originally indicted on charges of manslaughter in the 15 May 2014 killing of 17-year-old Nadeem Nawara and 22-year-old and Muhammad Abu Taher. The indictment accused Deri of knowingly firing live ammunition with intent to cause “serious injury, while foreseeing the possibility of causing death”, however in December 2016, the prosecution said it would offer Deri a plea deal to the lesser charge of negligence, claiming he was unaware there were live munitions in his rifle magazine.
Siyam Nawara, Nadeem’s father, told Quds Press that a verdict is expected to be announced on 27 September, adding that the family refuses to sign the plea bargain.
The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the family’s petition to refuse the plea bargain, he added.
Siyam explained that under the new bargain, Deri will only serve a maximum of five years in prison while the punishment for manslaughter could reach up to 20 years.
There is a video that proves that it was murder in cold blood, and all the proof and the autopsy of the body say that Deri is the murderer
Siyam told Israel’s Channel 2 in December. “We don’t need a plea bargain; we have 70 witnesses that were there, and hard evidence.”
Nadeem Nawara, a 17-year-old at the time was shot dead by Deri in 2014 during confrontations with the Israeli army during Nakba Day demonstrations in the occupied West Bank village of Beitunia, near Ramallah.