Monday, March 20, the legal adviser to the government away Mandelblit said High court of justice (the Court) that the prosecution suggested to the policeman suspected of beating of a soldier Damasus, Pakado, pre-trial deal. Under the deal, the police offered to plead guilty. Prosecutors, in turn, agree in such case be limited to a fine or a warning without issuing a formal judicial verdict.
Police must reply to this offer no later than 9 April. If the answer is negative, the Prosecutor will submit the charges.
The incident, which caused mass demonstrations activists of the community of immigrants from Ethiopia, took place on 26 April 2015. 14 June of the same year, the legal Advisor to the government Yehuda Weinstein decided to close the criminal proceedings against the police. This decision was made in conjunction with state Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.
The police originally from the Russian-speaking community, argued that the incident of «beating» the soldier looked differently than it was presented by the Ethiopian community and the media. The word police may 31, 2015 provided the editor of «Yediot Ahronot» .
A former police officer claimed that the incident was used successfully in the interests of the protest movement. According to him, the soldier Damas, Pakado has become a tool in the hands of others, as the young man was well aware that had actually happened, and that he was wrong.
The incident, which was the reason for mass protest of people from the community of Ethiopian Jews occurred in Holon, in an area with a high crime rate. A few days later after the area was blown up by a grenade, next to the bench was discovered a subject similar to an explosive device. According to police, he had no time to think. Upon arriving to the scene, he blocked the road waiting for the bomb squad. His partner through the mouthpiece asked local residents not to leave their homes. In this moment there Damas, Pakado.
According to a former police officer, he did not pay attention to the color of the skin of a soldier, and saw before him the man he needs to save a life. The police officer said that the soldier was warned that the area is closed, however, he replied in rude tone and tried to pass. Then fired told police, he grabbed the bike by the handlebars and pushed. The soldier punched the guard in the neck, after which he said, Pakado that he was arrested. In response, the soldier punched him in the face, claimed the ex-policeman.
The interlocutor of «Yediot Ahronot» insisted that, in accordance with official regulations, he had to act in such a way that the enemy never had a chance to attack him again, and he punched the soldier, knocking him down. Police expressed surprise at the fact that no one sees the video of this incident is that the soldier attacked him first.
On the question of the journalist, if everything could change as much as he did, the ex-policeman replied that he’d do the same.
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