Officers Get Prison for Killing W. Bank Teen

Two former Border Police officers were sentenced to prison yesterday for their role in killing a Palestinian teen in Hebron in 2002. Shachar Butbika and Dennis al-Hazub were convicted of manslaughter and accessory to manslaughter, respectively, and sentenced to prison terms of eight and a half years and five and half years, respectively, by the Jerusalem District Court.

Amran Abu Hamadiyah, 17, died after he was forced to jump from a Border Police jeep traveling 80 kilometers per hour. Butbika and Hazub, together with two other officers who were convicted and sentenced earlier this year, assaulted several Palestinians on the same day.

The first victim, Alaa Sankrut, then 20, was hauled onto the jeep, driven to a discreet location and kicked and beaten with a pickaxe handle, sustaining skull fractures. On their second drive that day, the officers abducted Abu Hamadiyah. He was beaten by Butbika and then forced to jump from the moving vehicle. He resisted, holding onto the jeep's roof, but was eventually forced out. One of the officers shouted "he's dead." They drove away, without offering medical assistance, and tried to eliminate the evidence.

The other two officers, Yanai Lalzeh and Bassam Wahabi, were given prison terms of eight and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.