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Palestinian who planned shooting but hesitated cleared of attempted murder

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An Israeli court on Thursday cleared a Palestinian man who planned to carry out a shooting attack in an Israeli city after he apparently got cold feet at the last moment.

According to court documents, in September 2020 Muatez Beri walked around the central city of Rosh Ha’ayin with a loaded pistol for two hours, repeatedly considering victims before moving on, until he was nabbed by police.

Samaria Military Court judge Rani Amar rejected the prosecution’s charge of attempted murder, noting that Beri never acted on the plan and citing his cooperation with the investigation and expressions of regret.

Amar added that clearing Beri of attempted murder would also send a message to other would-be attackers that “there’s a way back, which qualifies as a defense against one of the most serious crimes in the Israeli law book.”

Beri was convicted of lesser charges, however, including carrying a weapon, trafficking in weapons, illegal entry into Israel and rock-throwing.

According to the indictment, Beri,........

© The Times of Israel

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