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Israel decides not to press charges in killing of East Jerusalem man

June 28, 2012 11:00 A.M. (Updated: June 29, 2012 2:05 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's state prosecutor Yehuda Weinstein on Wednesday decided not to press charges against two Israeli border policemen who killed a Palestinian in 2010.

The decision upholds Weinstein's predecessor's ruling, which determined there was insufficient evidence to press charges against

Maxim Vinogradov or Shadi Khair el-Din.

Ziad Jilani was killed on June 11, 2010. Jilani was driving in East Jerusalem when a stone hit his car. He swerved into an adjacent alley, where ten Israeli police officers were standing, lightly injuring three of them.

The police opened fire, and Jilani ran into a nearby alley where his uncle lived. Khair al-Din fired the first shot in Jilani's back, after which he fell to the ground. Vinogradov then shot Jilani in the head at close range.

Vinogradov says he saw Jilani move his hand and thought Jilani might have had a bomb or weapon. Vinogradov says he shot Jilani to "neutralize" a potential threat, although Jilani's body was not checked even after he was shot.

Weinstein acknowledged Vinogradov's reasoning in his decision to not press charges.

“We cannot rule out, beyond reasonable doubt, that one of the fighters (border policemen) really did believe in real time that the deceased, that moved his hand while he was lying wounded on the ground, was yet to be finally neutralized, and was still considered a danger" Weinstein said in a statement.

"As a result, (Vinogradov) was startled, and committed another shooting in his direction from close range.”

Jilani’s family say they are looking at next steps to pursue justice.
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