The deceased. Lior farhi
Photo: Ido Erez

Hit-and-run suspect charged with murder

State Prosecutor’s Office files indictment against man who killed security officer in West Bank. Defendant hit deceased with car, causing his immediate death

Twenty-five-year-old Arqan Badir from Kfar Qassem was charged with murder in a hit-and-run incident that occurred earlier this month, when Badir’s car hit Lior Farhi, a security officer of the Sha'arei Tikva settlement.


Farhi was killed when trying to document Badir’s illegal transport of Palestinian workers into Israel.


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According to the indictment, Badir would illegally transport Palestinians into Israel for NIS 50 ($12.8). The morning of the incident, Farhi noticed Badir who was picking up Palestinians.


The indictment stated that when the defendant stopped his car near a fence, and as men started to mount his vehicle, two soldiers ran toward Badir’s car, in an attempt to stop him. When Badir spotted the soldiers, he fled the scene, leaving behind some of the Palestinians awaiting his transport. At that point, Farhi ran to the center of the road, pulled out his gun and opted to stop the car.  

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The crime scene (Photo: Ido Erez)


The prosecution claimed that though Badir noticed Farhi, he accelerated his car and headed toward him at great speed. Badir then hit Farhi with the front of his car and flung him to a distance of 64.5 meters (70 yards). Farhi was killed in the spot. Knowing he had hit Farhi, Badir nonetheless continued to drive, until he drove into a stop sign, and only then stopped.


After he stopped, Badir and the Palestinians who were about to enter Israel illegally fled the scene by foot, hoping to escape the police.


Other than Badir, three of his friends were charged with obstruction of justice, as they apparently reported that Badir’s car was stolen so that the incident would not be traced back to him.


Attorney Alon Tankaji of the prosecution said “In his actions, the defendant has proven that he was indifferent to human life and that he would use any means necessary to escape punishment.”



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