The Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended on Friday afternoon by five days the remand of the security guard who shot and killed a Jewish man at the Western Wall earlier in the day.
The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Doron Ben Shlush. The security guard, whose name has not been cleared for publication, said that he shot Ben Shlush because he had yelled out “Allahu Akbar” and pulled an unidentified object from his pocket which the guard thought could be a weapon.
The guard's lawyer, Amal Kamal, told the court that his client is an outstanding officer and that the shooting was self-defense.
An initial police investigation has found that Ben Shlush was a mentally disturbed man who would come to the Western Wall plaza on a daily basis to and was known to local security guards. Police are looking into what brought the guard to shoot the victim ten times.
Eyewitnesses said that the victim was known to have been an eccentric person who was not dangerous to anyone and it is believed that the guard did not recognize the man and believed that he was a suicide bomber. “Allahu Akbar,” literally “G-d is great” in Arabic, is often shouted by terrorists immediately before an attack."
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