The three main suspects will likely claim “temporary insanity” in the grisly murder of the 16-year-old.

Nearly two weeks following the brutal murder of Arab east Jerusalem teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the court overseeing the case lifted its gag order on Monday, revealing that the main suspect in the investigation attempted to kill his own daughter weeks before the homicide.

Meanwhile, according to Israeli media reports, the three main suspects — a 30-year-old and two minors from Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem — will likely claim “temporary insanity” in the grisly murder of the 16-year-old.

Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court also confirmed that three of the suspects involved in the 16-year-old’s abduction, torture and murder unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap a different victim in the same neighborhood the night before.

Moreover, it concluded that only three of the six suspects are directly involved in the abduction and murder. Still, the court has maintained the gag order on the three minors suspected in the kidnapping and homicide, as well as certain details about the three adults charged.

The investigation revealed that the day before the murder two of the suspects discussed killing an Arab boy and unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap a different child in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina that night.

Abu Khdeir’s badly burned remains were found by police the following morning at 5:20 a.m. the next day, leading to multiple riots throughout Jerusalem and the nation.

Following the discovery, Jerusalem Police set up a special investigation unit in cooperation with Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to determine if the murder was criminal or nationalistically motivated. Additionally, two sub-teams were formed to further examine both possibilities.

The subsequent investigation included comprehensive reviews of public and private security cameras, forensic testing and the escape route taken by the suspects, the court said. While a private camera captured the image of two of the suspects before forcing Abu Khdeir into their car, the vehicle itself was not captured on film, the investigation’s report stated.

The investigative unit was able to track the car used in the abduction to the Adam settlement in the West Bank, at which time the arrests were initially made of the three adults and three minors involved.

via The Jerusalem Post


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