(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Jerusalem District Court on Monday indicted Palestinian driver Khaled Koutineh, 37, for the car-ramming and murder of 26-year-old Jewish man Shalom Yohai Sherki in Jerusalem on April 15. Shira Klein, 20, was seriously wounded in the alleged vehicular attack.
The judges wrote in their indictment that Koutineh decided to carry out a terrorist attack against Jews after he and his family were delayed for inspection at the Anata security checkpoint in eastern Jerusalem. The site of the vehicular attack was on a main axis that separates eastern and western Jerusalem. That axis has seen four car-ramming attacks over the past year.
Koutineh’s attorney claimed that “this was a regular car accident. It was raining heavily at the time.”