Lee Zeitouni's Killers Go On Trial in France

The trial of two Paris residents, accused of running down Lee Zeitouni three years, ago is set to begin Thursday.

Yaakov Levi ,

Hit and run scene
Hit and run scene
Yoni Kempinski

The trial of two Paris residents who are accused of running down Lee Zeitouni three years ago is set to begin Thursday.

Eric Robic, the driver, has been charged with homicide, failure to assist a person in danger and unlawful escape to avoid responsibility.

Claude Khayat, who was in the car with him at the time of the accident, is only being charged with unlawful escape, and fleeing the scene of a crime.

Robic, if found guilty of aggravated manslaughter, could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros ($196,000). Khayat could be fined up to 75,000 euros and be sentenced for up to five years behind bars for not providing aid to a person in distress.

Zeitouni was killed in Tel Aviv, as she attempted to cross the street at the intersection of Pinchas and Weitzmann Streets.

Robic and Khayat absconded to France after the incident, believing themselves to be beyond the reach of Israeli law enforcement, as Israel does not have an extradition agreement with France.

According to a report on Israel Radio, the trial is expected to last just one day. The court will issue a verdict within a month. If convicted, the two will serve their prison sentences in France.

The case caused widespread outrage in Israel and prompted calls for the two men to be extradited to stand trial.  



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