According to the indictment, on August 29 Muhammad Zufan stole a taxi cab and drove it at high velocity towards the Oman 17 nightclub in Tel Aviv hitting Border Guard officers standing near a checkpoint on his way. He later stabbed a police officer and citizens who tried to stop him. The indictment states that Zufan also planned to stab Israelis near the al-Aqsa mosque.
Zufan in court (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
During the trial, the parties negotiated a plea bargain which did not mature. Zufan nevertheless decided to confess to multiple charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, robbery, illegal alien status and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The confession came as a surprise to the prosecution. Next month, the parties will present their arguments in the sentencing hearing.
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