Tuesday, February 17, 2015

14-year-old released from Israeli prison

Malak al-Khatib, the youngest Palestinian girl in Israeli jail, was released last week. Al-Khatib, 14 years old, was arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers and possessing a knife. She agreed to a plea bargain in Israeli military court, which required that she admit to the charges, serve two months in prison, and pay a fine of 6,000 shekels. The military court judge, Lieutenant Colonel Tirosh, wrote in his decision to convict the minor, "I find that the [plea bargain] arrangement is reasonable and deserves to be honored, taking into consideration the defendant's young age."

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