The Beit Shemesh women knows as "Taliban mom," who was convicted of gravely abusing six of her 12 children will serve her full prison sentence of four years, the High Court ruled Monday.
July of 2009 saw the Jerusalem District Court convict the woman of aggravated assault and abuse of a minor. Her husband was convicted of assault, abuse and failing to report child abuse and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Simultaneously, the State Prosecution appealed the sentencing, which it viewed as too lenient, and asked to court to order a harsher sentence. The High Court rejected this motion as well.
Authorities originally sought to charge the woman with abusing all 12 of her children. The final indictment included multiple counts of abuse against only six of them, both due to some of the cases falling under the statute of limitations, and the fact that several of the children refused to testify.
Attorney Eitan Lehman, for the mother, told Ynet that "The High Court's decision to uphold the District Court's ruling only intensifies the very uncomfortable feeling that the systems has failed in this case."
Attorney Deri Hazan, who represents the children, told Ynet that "They are very disappointed and will no appeal to the Prison Probation Committee. They are relieved that the court did not exacerbate her punishment."
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