2 Palestinians indicted in 2000 Ramallah lynching


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinians involved in the lynching 12 years ago of two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah have been arrested and reportedly confessed to their involvement.

Marwan Maadi, 51, and Yasser Hatab, 40, were arrested in June, according to a media gag order lifted Thursday. They were indicted last week on charges of murder in the Judea military court.

The lynching took place in October 2000 at the beginning of the second Palestinian intifada, when the two soldiers drove accidentally into the West Bank city of Ramallah. They were arrested and then beaten to death and mutilated by an angry mob of Palestinians who stormed the police station where they were being held.

Two other Palestinians convicted of participating in the lynching were released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal, according to Haaretz.

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