Israeli Cop Who Shot Wife Dead Pleads Self-defense

Amir Raz initially said he had no explanation for shooting his wife in their West Bank home, before changing his testimony on Sunday

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The site of the killing, last weekCredit: Ofer Vaknin
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A police officer who shot and killed his wife at their home in the West Bank settlement of Na’aleh claimed on Sunday that he acted in self-defense, as his detention was extended by four days by the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court. 

Amir Raz, a patrol officer in Modi'in aged 33, was arrested last week after he called his commander to say that he had shot and killed his wife. Diana Raz, 35-years-old, was a relationship counselor. He initially said: "I have no explanation for what happened. I don't know why I did it." 

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A psychological investigation on Sunday deemed Raz fit to stand on trial. 

Attorney Moshe Alon,who is representing Raz in court, said after Sunday's hearing that he pleaded self-defense: "He was questioned twice: one the day of the incident, when he was in a mentally unfit condition and not grounded in reality; and during his second interrogation, he made a claim that should be examined by the unit investigating police misconduct."

The coupleCredit: Diana Raz's Facebook

When asked about the nature of the second claim, Alon replied: "I cannot elaborate on what he claimed ... he is sorry, in every conversation he regrets the incident and its dire consequences."

Diana's cousin, Michael Josephov, responded to Raz's change of course: "There was no self-defense there," he said.

"Seeing him sat there calmly is really not easy," he added.

The Justice Ministry unit that investigates alleged police misconduct opened a probe into the case last week. 

According to preliminary findings, the couple’s four children were at home during the shooting. After calling his commander, he then allegedly called his mother and asked her to pick up the children. 

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