First Published: 2018-03-21

Ahed Tamimi reaches plea deal for eight months in jail
Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi is being tried had not yet decided on whether to accept agreement reached with prosecutors.
Middle East Online

Tamimi (R) was 16 at the time of the December incident.

RAMALLAH - A Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank has reached a plea deal with prosecutors to serve eight months in jail, her lawyer said Wednesday.

The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi is being tried had not yet decided on whether to accept the agreement reached with prosecutors, lawyer Gaby Lasky said.

Tamimi was 16 at the time of the December incident. She has since turned 17.

Her sentence would include time served and a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1,430, 1,166 euros), said Lasky, meaning she could be released in the summer.

She would plead guilty to only four of the 12 charges against her under the agreement, including assault, incitement and two counts of obstructing soldiers, Lasky said.

Lasky however said she only planned to present the plea bargain to the military court if it first accepts an agreement with Tamimi's mother, Nariman Tamimi.

A plea deal for Nariman Tamimi would also be for eight months in jail including time served, she said.

The court was expected to decide on the matter later Wednesday, according to Lasky.

Ahed Tamimi has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

Israelis accuse her family of using her as a pawn in staged provocations.

 

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