Another indictment in Janashvilli attack case

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Mor Janashvilli (L), Honenu Atty. Chayim Bleicher (R); Photo credit: Honenu

Monday, August 15, 2022, 14:57 Over a year has passed since the May 2021 Arab rioting and Operation Guardian of the Walls. Today (Monday), the Northern and Haifa District Attorneys’ offices filed an indictment against another terrorist, Mohamed Hamad, who took part in the Arab rioting and the brutal attack on Mor Janashvilli in Acco. The indictment charges Hamad with aggravated assault in an act of terror, rioting, disruption of legal proceedings, and malicious vandalism. Additional attackers have been indicted, some of whom have been convicted and sentenced.

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Janashvilli and assisting him with realizing his rights as a victim of terror, accompanied him to the indictment hearing, which took place at the Haifa District Court. Judge Lubna Khalaila presided. The office of the Haifa District Attorney requested that the remand of Mohamed Hamad be extended until the end of proceedings. The court extended his remand until a decision regarding it can be made. A hearing on the matter is expected to take place in approximately two weeks.

Prior to the hearing, Bleicher stated, “We thank the police and the offices of the Northern and Haifa District Attorneys for apprehending another terrorist who took part in the brutal attack. Every terrorist who took part should be wary, because, in the end, they will be caught. We, together with the victims of terror, will be present at court hearings to demand that the court do its part to eradicate terror and to impose long prison sentences on the terrorists.”The indictment describes the unfolding of events, details the part Hamad took in the rioting and vandalism in Acco, and also details the brutal attack on Janashvilli. When Janashvilli drove to visit his mother out of concern for her during the rioting, he encountered rioters who noticed the Israeli flags on his car. The rioters tried to break into his car, and when he tried to escape, they threw rocks at his car, causing great damage. Janashvilli lost control of his car and drove it into a wall at the corner of the street. Even after the car had stopped, the rioters continued to throw rocks, furniture, and various objects at Janashvilli. Hamad is charged with throwing one of the many rocks that hit Janashvilli’s car.

When Janashvilli attempted to escape from his car, the rioters beat him with wooden clubs and metal rods, and continued to throw rocks and other objects at him. They also kicked and punched him. Janashvilli lost consciousness, and his face was covered in blood. His car was set on fire and completely burnt by the rioters. Janashvilli was evacuated to the hospital with serious injuries. He was hospitalized for a week and underwent four and a half months of rehabilitation.

During the Arab rioting at the time of Operation Guardian of the Walls (May 2021), Janashvilli was attacked by dozens of Arab rioters who pelted his car with large rocks, heavy furniture, and anything else they could get their hands on. Janashvilli lost control of his car, drove it into a wall, and was forced to flee. The Arab mob beat him with metal and wooden bars, punched him, and kicked him until he collapsed on the ground in a semi-conscious state. He was saved at the last moment, apparently by Arabs who called the emergency services. He was evacuated by ambulance to the hospital, suffering from bruises on his entire body, broken bones, cuts on his face, partial paralysis in his left leg, headaches, and dizziness.

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