Police arrest 2 Muslims in connection with horrific rape of 7-year-old Jewish girl
The Israel Police arrested two Muslim men Tuesday, in connection with the rape case of a 7-year-old Jewish girl, that stirred the nation several weeks ago when a Muslim suspected of the crime was released due to lack of evidence.
In June, 46-year-old Mahmoud Katusa, a resident of the Palestinian Authority village of Deir Qadis was charged with kidnapping and raping a Jewish girl, whom he met at the school where he was employed as a janitor.
The original indictment alleged that he had developed a relationship with the child over an extended period, engaging her in conversation and giving her candy.
One day, he took the girl to a house and raped her. The girl “cried and called for help,” according to the indictment.
Two other Muslims held the little girl down, laughed, mocked her, and told her that she deserved to be raped for being a Jew, while she was raped by Mahmoud Katusa.
The charges against Mahmoud Katusa were dropped and in a dramatic turnaround, he walked out the Ofer Military Prison last June, after an earlier decision by the Military Prosecution to withdraw the charges against him for lack of evidence.
Israel’s military prosecution, which handled the high-profile investigation, released a joint statement with the Israel Police in which it said that there is evidence in the case to show that the girl was sexually assaulted, as well as evidence “pointing at the involvement” of Mahmoud Katusa.
However, officials involved in the investigation said that “there isn’t enough evidence to file charges against him.”