Israeli Officer Who Attacked Ethiopian Soldier, Damas Fekade to Stand Trial
The Israeli officer, who was caught on tape beating Ethio-Israeli soldier Damas Fekade, has until April to accept the deal or face assault indictment in case that sparked nationwide protests.
Almost two years after the release of the original recording that sparked widespread protests, the police officer involved in the seemingly unprovoked attack of uniformed IDF solider Damas Fekade has been offered a plea bargain by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.
The attorney general’s decision follows a petition made by Pakedeh’s legal team to the High Court of Justice, which challenged the closing of the case by previous Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
In its current form, the deal would see the officer acknowledge his guilt and be obligated to fulfill a number of other stipulations detailed in the arrangement. According to Mendelblit’s offer, the officer has until April to agree to the terms, or face an indictment on charges of assault.
The recording, released in May 2015, was seen as the catalyst of months of nationwide protests by members of Israel’s Ethiopian community both against police brutality and against what they perceive as widespread discrimination in Israeli society.