Court overturns conviction of ex-MK for 2006 altercation
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Court overturns conviction of ex-MK for 2006 altercation

Former Hadash party leader Mohammad Barakeh exonerated from assaulting right-wing activist at protest against Second Lebanon War

Former MK Mohammad Barakeh (right) and lawmaker Masoud Ganaim, pictured in April, 2012. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Former MK Mohammad Barakeh (right) and lawmaker Masoud Ganaim, pictured in April, 2012. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday overturned the conviction of former MK Mohammad Barakeh for assaulting a right-wing activist at a protest against the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

A majority of three judges ruled in favor of the ruling clearing Barakeh of the charges. Barakeh was convicted last year of punching a man who was recording an anti-war protest in Tel Aviv in 2006

In the incident in question, Barakeh rushed to the defense of left-wing activist Uri Avnery, who was allegedly being threatened by a right-wing activist at an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

In their decision, the judges pointed out that part of their consideration was based on the fact that nearly a decade passed since the event and that Barakeh was no longer a member of Knesset.

The court had already tossed out charges against Barakeh in November 2011 and in 2014.

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