A military court ordered that the terrorist who murdered an off-duty police officer in 2014 serve two life sentences and an additional 16 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay 275,000 NIS in compensation.

Ziad Awad

Ziad Awad Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Ofer military court handed down two life sentences and an additional 16 years in prison to Ziad Awad, the terrorist who murdered off-duty police officer Baruch Mizrahi in a shooting attack on Passover eve in 2014. Awad was among the 1,027 Palestinians released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

“The actions of the defendant were carefully planned,” read the court’s official ruling. “The defendant went to the area near the road with a weapon and ammunition magazines and waited for cars to pass. At around 5:45 pm, he saw a car and shot it. As a result of the barbaric shooting, Mizrahi lost his life. His wife and child were injured.”

“The widow of the deceased described how her eyes and the eyes of her children saw the deceased lying in his blood,” the ruling continued. “The policy regarding the punishment is well-known. A person who intentionally takes the life of another is sentenced to life in prison. The prosecution’s request is consistent with the law’s intention. Due to what was mentioned earlier, the defendant will receive a life sentence for the murder of the deceased. In addition, the defendant will receive another life sentence due to the implications and seriousness of his actions.” The judges also ordered the terrorist to pay 275,00 NIS (around $77,776) in compensation to the victim’s family.