The Lod District Court in central Israel on Monday convicted the main defendant in the 2015 Duma arson case on three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson. The defendant was acquitted of membership in a terrorist organization.
The 2015 attack, in which assailants firebombed the Dawabshe family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma while they were sleeping, killing 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe, his mother Riham and his father Saad, shocked the nation, drawing condemnation from across the political spectrum.
The only survivor of the attack was 4-year-old Ahmed Dawabshe, who was seriously wounded and hospitalized for close to a year after the attack.
At the time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the perpetrators would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The defendant’s attorney Yitzhak Bam said in response to the ruling that “after the court accepted the confession and re-enactment made following my client’s torture, the conviction was simply a matter of judicial acrobatics.”
He said he would appeal the conviction before the Supreme Court.
The defendant’s sentencing hearing has been set for June 9.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.