The State is to pay NIS 875,000 in damages to the family of a Palestinian who was left to die on the side of the road by two police officers after he was injured in a car crash. The Central District Court has approved the settlement earlier this week.
In 2008, Omar Abu Jariban,
an illegal alien, stole a car and crashed it on Highway 6. He fractured his collarbone and his pelvis and was hospitalized for two weeks at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.
After being discharged, he was picked up by Assaf Yakutiel, a police officer, to be dropped off at a detention facility. Instead, Yakutiel left him on the side of Highway 443, barefoot and dressed in a hospital gown. He had no food or water, and still had a catheter attached. The cop acted with the approval of Baruch Peretz, a senior officer.
Yakutiel and Peretz (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
Abu Jariban's body was found two days later, after he apparently died of dehydration.
The two were convicted of negligent homicide and were sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Meanwhile, Abu Jariban's family sued the State, the hospital and the two cops for NIS 2 million (roughly $500,000).
The prosecution claimed that the police were negligent in their treatment of Abu Jariban and that they violated his human rights when they deserted him in the middle of the night when his life was clearly in danger. It also accused the hospital of releasing the patient without ensuring he would get proper care.
The two sides eventually reached a compromise, which stipulated a sum of NIS 875,000 in compensation from the State.