Young palestinian terrorist Ahmed Manasra has had his sentence for attempted murder reduced from 12 years to 9.5 years.
Israel’s supreme court on Thursday reduced the sentence of a Palestinian teenager who became a symbol of a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence in 2015.
Ahmed Manasra, now 15, was sentenced to 12 years last November after being found guilty of the attempted murder of two Israelis, a 20-year-old and a 12-year-old boy, in a stabbing attack with his cousin in a Jewish settlement in annexed east Jerusalem.
The sentence was reduced to nine and a half years by the court, his lawyer Leah Tsemel told AFP.
A 180,000 shekel ($47,000, 43,000 euros) fine will remain in place, she said.
“It is not the best we wanted, but that’s what we got,” she said.
According to the Times of Israel
The judges wrote in their ruling that “the actions of the appellant were extremely severe. However, we cannot ignore that his part in this incident was secondary to that of his cousin.”
“We can also not ignore the appellant’s extremely young age and his rehabilitation process, and the opinion [of the prison authorities] that was submitted in his case,” they said.
As a reminder, here is the terror attack the two mini-Jihadis perpetrated:
Now his lawyer can complain “It is not the best we wanted”, but his sentence has now gone down from dead as a door nail to only 9.5 years in prison. He’ll be out while in his early 20s, still in the prime of his life – and a great age to continue his terrorist ways, if he chooses to.
Sounds like a good deal to me.