Police Officer Convicted of Sexual Assault of Jerusalem Woman Who Reported Robbery

The officer, who was found guilty of indecent acts and obstruction of justice, accosted a woman after she came to the station to report being robbed

Josh Breiner
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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.
The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court.Credit: Oran Ben Hakon
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

A police officer was convicted in September of sexually assaulting an East Jerusalem woman who had come to the Shalem police station in Jerusalem to file a complaint.

The report of the conviction was only publicized Sunday. The officer, Kanj Mari, was found guilty by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court of indecent acts and obstruction of justice.

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Mari touched the 40-year-old complainant sexually, removed her clothing and accosted her after she came to the station to report that her bag had been stolen.

Judge Mohamad Haj Yahya wrote in his verdict that Mari's account of the incident, intended to strengthen his version of events, actually persuaded the judge of the reliability of the woman’s version.

“I did not get the impression that the complainant embellished, exaggerated or attempted to do so in her description,” the judge wrote, adding that "the woman’s version of the events was the only reasonable version emerging from the existing evidence.”

The police spokesperson said Sunday that they "regard the wrong and unusual event with utmost seriousness" and that the "incident stands in complete opposition to the norms and values of the police. In parallel to the legal proceedings, the policeman was released from his job and no longer serves the Israel Police."

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