Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi reaches plea deal for 8 months' jail

Elias Hubbard
March 22, 2018

Ahed's cousin received a 16-day sentence with time served and a suspended sentence as part of the plea deal. She has since turned 17. The sentence also includes a $1,400 fine.

According to her Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, Tamimi agreed to the plea deal, in which she admitted that she assaulted the Israeli soldiers.

Lasky said the judge must also rule on a similar plea deal for Tamimi's mother Nariman, who has been charged with incitement.

Israeli news websites said that under the plea agreement, Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, would plead guilty to a reduced charge sheet that included assault, and would be sentenced to eight months in jail.

Days later, she was arrested in a night-time raid.

At one point in the court on Wednesday, in a sign of the passions involved in the case, an activist slapped one of the prosecutors in the head as he was leaving before being restrained, an AFP journalist reported. At the same time, the incident also generated global criticism against Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians.

Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn in staged provocations.

The arrangement must still be approved by the military court, Haaretz added.

In February, the court said that it was standard procedure for trials for minors such as Tamimi to be held out of public view in order to protect their interests as minors, and the court recently confirmed that decision. Almost all trials and other legal proceedings of minors are held behind closed doors.

"When they made a decision to keep her trial behind closed doors, we knew that we were not going to get a fair trial", Lasky told AFP in describing her reasons for seeking a plea bargain.

Tamimi was arrested last December after video surfaced of her kicking the soldiers outside her West Bank home.

The Israeli military said the soldiers were in the area to prevent Palestinians from throwing stones at Israeli motorists.

The soldiers had taken up positions next to the house amid protests in the village against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Tamimi's family says she was upset because a 15-year-old cousin had earlier been seriously wounded in clashes with Israeli troops.

"The honour of Israel's army can not be trampled", Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev said on her Facebook page after the incident.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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