The Palestinian teenager who was arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier in December has agreed to a plea bargain and will serve another four months in prison to complete an eight-month sentence. Her mother Nariman was also sentenced to eight months, while her cousin Nour was sentenced to 16 days for her involvement.

Tamimi in custody

Tamimi in custody Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping an IDF soldier near her home in Nabi Salih in December, was sentenced to eight months in prison after reaching a plea bargain with the prosecution on Wednesday. In addition, the teen also received a fine of 5,000 shekels.

Tamimi has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 counts she faced, as part of the deal. In exchange, the IDF’s prosecution removed the other eight charges against her, including stone throwing and incitement to terror, her lawyer Gaby Lasky said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Palestinian is set to be released in July, as four months of her sentence were already served since her arrest. Meanwhile, her mother Nariman and cousin Nour also accepted plea deals. Nariman Tamimi was charged with incitement on social media and assault and was sentenced to eight months in prison and a fine of 6,000 shekels, while Nour, who participated in the incident, was charged with assault and sentenced to 16 days and a fine of 2,000 shekels.

As previously reported by JOL, the West Bank military court had rejected Tamimi’s request to open her trial to the public. Judge Netanel Benisho explained that every trial involving minors is held behind closed doors for their own protection and in order to allow a fair procedure.

Lasky had criticized the court’s decision at the time and said: “Public exposure is the only defense at Ahed’s disposal, and it is obvious that without it, through a secret trial, she cannot receive a fair trial.”