Middle East

Israeli police convicted over Palestinian death

Two Israeli police officers have been convicted over the death of a Palestinian man whom they abandoned at the side of the road.

Omar Abu Jariban, who was in Israel illegally and was injured after driving a stolen car, died of dehydration.

His body was found where he had been left, at the side of a West Bank road, two days later.

The judge said one officer's claim that he was sure he would be picked up by someone else was "embarrassing".

The incident occurred in 2008 when Jariban was released from hospital into the custody of the police, despite still needing medical attention and being in a confused state.

'Distress'

Junior officer Assaf Yakutelli was ordered to abandon the man by his more senior colleague, Chief Inspector Baruch Peretz, at the side of a road between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

"By setting down the deceased in the condition and under the circumstances which they did, the accused breached their duty of care toward the deceased," Jerusalem magistrate Haim Liran wrote in his ruling, according to Agence France Presse.

He said the officers should have expected that the man would be in a vulnerable state.

"Any ordinary person would have seen that the deceased's distress was likely to increase with time and that he was in danger of leaving this life, as indeed happened," the magistrate added.

The pair are expected to be sentenced at a later date.

According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the maximum penalty for negligent homicide is three years in prison.

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