Psych Hospital for Man Who Threatened Livnat

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court decided yesterday to halt legal proceedings against a 38-year-old Ramat Gan resident who had allegedly sent two e-mails last month threatening to kill Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat (Likud).

The court issued an order committing the accused to a psychiatric hospital after reviewing a psychiatric evaluation stating the defendant could not distinguish right from wrong when he sent the e-mails and could therefore not be held legally responsible for his acts.

The court also ruled that the defendant was not competent to stand trial and should be hospitalized in light of the danger he posed to the public.

According to the indictment filed against the accused two weeks ago, in the first message, which was sent to the Kadima leader' Knesset e-mail address, he wrote: "How would it be to get a bullet in the head between the eyes?" and in the second he asked: "How would it be to see you wrapped in black?"

At the time of the filing of the indictment in the case, the state prosecution noted that dozens of other threatening messages were found in the defendant's apartment addressed to various public officials and public figures, some of which also contained threats.

Under an initial psychiatric observation following the defendant's arrest, the man was found to be psychotic.