Teitel in previous court hearing
Photo: Noam Moskowitz

Court: Jack Teitel fit to stand trial

Trial of 'Jewish terrorist' charged with murder of two Arabs set to resume in coming weeks

The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday ruled that the alleged "Jewish terrorist" Jack Teitel is fit to stand trial for the murder of two Arabs and a series of other serious offences. The court considered various opinions on the matter before reaching a decision. Teitel's trial is set to resume in the following weeks.


Attorney Michael Ironi, representing Teitel, motioned for a hearing on his client's criminal accountability. The panel ruled that there are no grounds for summoning expert witnesses again and that a hearing on the issue of accountability will be held during the trial.


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Teitel was seen reading a book and paying little attention to what was going on during Wednesday's court hearing.


An indictment containing 14 counts was filed against Teitel in November 2009.


Teitel, 37, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel, was indicted for the murder of Palestinian taxi driver, Samir Balbisi, in June 1997, and the murder of a Palestinian shepherd just a few months later. He was also charged with laying an explosive device next to a Palestinian home near the West Bank settlement of Eli.


He was also indicted for attempting to murder the son of a Messianic family living in Ariel when he sent an explosive device disguised as a Purim gift to their home. In addition, he is charged with rigging a bomb next to Prof. Zeev Sternhell's home.


In May 2010, a professional psychiatric opinion deemed him unfit for trial. "I don't know if I'm sane. I don't recognize the jurisdiction of this court. I feel good," Teitel said at the time. Last August, a second psychiatric evaluation determined the opposite.


Omri Efraim contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 12.07.11, 16:38
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