Terrorist refuses to testify in court

Judge rejects plea bargain for terrorist who carried out deadly Jerusalem bus attack last October, after he refuses to stand in court.

Shlomo Piotrokovski ,

'Spilling blood like water;' scene of deadly Jerusalem attack last month
'Spilling blood like water;' scene of deadly Jerusalem attack last month
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The Jerusalem District court prosecutor officially tabled a plea bargain in the case of Bilal Abu Ganem, one of two terrorists who murdered three people on board a number 78 bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in October last year.

The plea bargain was already reached with 22-year-old Abu Ganem's attorneys last month.

As part of the court procedure Abu Ganem was required to attend the session and plead guilty to three separate counts of murder, upon which the judge would hand down three consecutive life sentences.

But the terrorist refused to stand and enter a plea at the court, and the judge subsequently rejected the plea and postponed proceedings indefinitely.

78-year-old Haim Habib, 51-year-old Alon Guvberg and 76-year-old Richard Lakin were murdered in the knife and gun attack on October 18, and more than a dozen others were wounded. 

The victims' families were in court for the hearing, which was meant to avoid a lengthy trial given the indisputable evidence of Abu Ghanem's guilt.

Abu Ganim was seriously wounded by Border Police gunfire and his fellow terrorists was shot dead, when forces raided the bus and ended the attack.

Just minutes after the Armon Hanatziv attack, a terrorist employee of Bezeq ran over passersby and then got out to stab more victims in the central Geula neighborhood, murdering one and moderately wounding another before being shot.