Attorney claims teen terrorist ‘not responsible’ for his actions
Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of teen terrorist on Sunday, keeping the stabber in police custody for another six days.
Attorneys Tariq Bargut lawyers and Leah Tzomel said that he was “humiliated” by the investigation and claimed Mansara – who carried out a brutal stabbing spree in broad daylight – is “not responsible for his actions.”
“Although he had a knife, he did not stab anybody,” they claimed. “His cousin stabbed. This is a 13-year-old boy not responsible for his actions.”
In a stabbing attack two weeks ago, Ahmed and 15-year-old cousin Mahmoud first pounced on a 25-year-old man, stabbing him repeatedly and leaving him seriously wounded, before attacking a 13-year-old Jewish teen on his bicycle.
The Israeli boy was left fighting for his life and is still hospitalized in critical condition.
Mahmoud was shot dead by police after charging at them with a knife, but Ahmed Mansara survived after being hit by a car, as he ran across the street with a gigantic knife.
Mansara admitted to the press last week that he intended to kill Jews in theattack.
“I went to the site with my cousin in order to stab Jews,” he stated from his hospital bed in Israel’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. “I joined him and we left from Beit Hanina in order to hurt Jews in the neighborhood.”
Mansara is expected to be charged with two counts of attempted murder, as a legal storm brews over his status.
Due to legal restrictions, Mansara not be sentenced to prison under current Israeli law, as he technically is classified as a minor.
However, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is reportedly pushing to lower the definition of minors to imprison Mansara – and there are rumors the state prosecution may stall proceedings to allow Mansara to be tried once he reaches 14 in January.
A formal indictment will be filed against Mansara next Sunday, November 1; after that he will likely stay in lockdown after his arraignment, according to Walla! News.