Meah Shearim - 3 Teens Arrested for 2008 Stabbing Attack on Arab
Meah Shearim, Israel - Three ultra-Orthodox Jews allegedly have confessed to beating and stabbing a man in Jerusalem because he was Arab one year ago, and then fled the scene, Israeli authorities said.
The suspects, two of whom are minors, were brought before the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court today for a hearing on the remand of their arrest.
Police believe that on December 3, 2008, the teens wearing yarmulkes walked up to an Arab man in Meah Shearim and asked him for the time, in order to ascertain that he was indeed of Arab descent.
When he answered they sprayed pepper spray in his eyes, beat him and stabbed him, and afterwards fled the scene, police suspect.
The victim, 31-year old Hamed Hamed from Shuafat, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he died of his wounds. Police immediately announced that the stabbing had been nationalistically motivated and established a special team to investigate.
A day later two teens were arrested and released following questioning. The three youths currently in custody were arrested three weeks ago and the court cleared their case for publication Tuesday, when police demanded the third remand of their arrest.
Officers claim the three suspects, a 22-year-old and two 17-years-olds, have admitted to the charges against them. They are scheduled to be indicted in the coming days.
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