U.S. Monitors at Trial of Asher and Yonatan Palmer´s Murderer (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/30/12)
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Representatives from the United States Department of Justice and
State Department will be present at the Machane Ofer military court
on Sunday, to monitor the trial of Waail el Arga, a resident of
Halhoul near Hevron.
Michael Craig Palmer, who is Asher´s father and Yonatan´s
grandfather, explained Wednesday that Asher was a U.S. citizen, and
U.S. law requires that the U.S. pursue and prosecute those who kill
or maim its citizens anywhere in the world, should a foreign
government be unable or unwilling to do so.
At this point, Israel’s resolve to fully prosecute this case is not
in question, he added.
The U.S. State Department sent monitors to the April 18 hearing,
which also concerned El Arga. After that hearing, the U.S. Department
of Justice also decided to monitor the proceedings.
El Arga, who was arrested by Israeli security forces in October, is
charged with murdering Asher Hillel Palmer 24, and his infant son
Yonatan, as they drove on Highway 60 near Kiryat Arba on Friday,
September 23, 2011. They were on their way to meet Asher´s pregnant
El Arga and another Arab from Halhoul, Ali Ismail Sa’adah, are
charged with intentional murder in the deaths of Asher and Yonatan.
Israeli security forces also apprehended four co-conspirators who
took part in training and preparations for the murder. A seventh man
was convicted on March 13 of stealing Asher Palmer’s gun after the
Michael Craig Palmer asks that people who want to be present at the
hearing Sunday morning and strengthen the family contact him at
email@example.com . (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/30/12)
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