The mastermind behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014 was sentenced today to three life terms in prison.
Hussam Kawasme, 40, was also ordered to pay the families of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gil-ad Shaar NIS 250,000 ($63,000) apiece in compensation for their murders.
The sentence was handed down by the Ofer military court, with some of the parents of the victims in attendance.
Avraham Fraenkel, the father of Naftali Fraenkel, spoke at the hearing, imploring the judge to grant Kawasme a harsh sentence.
“Unlike a normal murder, if there is such a thing, there was another component here – 18 days passed from the murder until the bodies were found,” Fraenkel said, according to the Walla news website. “Searches, hope, despair – anguish. We all looked for them, and he knew and was silent.”
“I ask your honor for a full and comprehensive punishment, using all the means at your disposal, due to the severity of the case here,” he added.
Kawasme was convicted last week of planning and financing the kidnapping and murders of the three.
Shaar, 16, Fraenkel, 16, and Yifrach, 19, were nabbed from a hitchhiking post in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank south of Jerusalem on June 12 and killed shortly after.
Read more: The Times of Israel