Israel Police: Suspect Provides Telling Info During Duma Murder Reenactment

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Amiram Ben-Uliel.
Amiram Ben-Uliel.Credit: Facebook

Amiram Ben-Uliel, who was charged on Sunday with murdering three members of the Dawabsheh family last July, reenacted the attack and gave many details about it that only the perpetrator could have known, police investigators said Monday.

Ben-Uliel confessed to the murders of 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe and his parents, Sa'ad and Reham, while under interrogation by the Shin Bet security service, to which the police were a party.

After he confessed, investigators from the Judea and Samaria district police took him to the scene of the crime, in the West Bank village of Duma, and photographed him reenacting his actions.

Police said Ben-Uliel gave them a great deal of information during the reenactment. He told them the Molotov cocktail that torched the Dawabsheh house was made out of a green beer bottle; he told them where the family's car was parked; and he described the house’s windows. He also told them that he tripped as he was fleeing – a detail supported by the testimony of an eyewitness in the village.

In addition, police found footprints in the fields around Duma that matched Ben-Uliel’s shoes, which they had confiscated two days after the murder. However, shoe prints are considered a problematic form of evidence, so this is unlikely to do much to bolster the case against him.

Police said Ben-Uliel reenacted the crime voluntarily. In his trial, the reenactment is expected to be the main evidence presented by the prosecution, which claims that despite the fact that the individuals investigated in the case were subjected to torture at an earlier point, at this stage Ben-Uliel cooperated on his own volition.

His lawyers are expected to demand that the entire legal process be aborted.

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